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,.3 „ar h. '- f ;^',\' i^de on that co,U,- 
nter °f "«,«j'"'r:, tpen sore of.the wo^d," am 
•Stanley called .t "'= °P ^j^^ by the unspcakabK 
,e might, after ^<^'""'^°"lZ\y traffic. Benghan. a 
,3 and cruelties f >^e jl oly^.^ ^^ ^^^ ^^_^ ^„„„g, 
in the of Tr pol . _^.^.^_^_^ ^^ ^,^^ „„„ 

o( the slave trade. A "°^^ ^,,^3, A.abs have now 
gaged in that busmess and , that they 

I forces with the I'^fXr^lZ. rule, but be- 
any particular »fff.="°" '"nance w>ll mean the end 
■ tH=y f-' "-\ 'f The Te ^Wng the world over 
,cir busmess. ^^'l "^\^ jhey seek allcg.anee « th 

c.r.r:St°"oi- ---" '"■" --"'^ 

i:;;routside\hc "'-"-"'%f,:f^: *e"ale course'^to 
need not remind our ^"1" t, a ',= ° ^^ ^„,„3, ,Hem 
-rCn':,:rX:L::.""he^ religious welfare 

is thoroughly safeguarded. 

A Pl-^-^^trtheTe-ar ending Nov. 
te people of Kansas ^t^ ^'^^^ ^„ tHe various amuse- 
ment a total of over f-'^J^^^ .ntnsement parks had 

,3 of the -'^- J°";8o Tn"""""^ *"'''''-'° 'id 
attendance of 2308,780, an ^^^^^^^ ^,^^^^3 ^^ 

Pittance fees. Seventy mo .ngP_^^^_^ ^^^^^^^^ 
,92,000 tickets, nettn.g $820,^^»-^ $1,690,200. Fifty 

,„,,i by 456,000 persons, w « P» *_ ^1^,000 

,„c dance halls -dm.tted 320,»UU ^^^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^_^^^, 

,er excursion l^^^'^P^'J^g an average of $20 for 
the sum above stated ""'^'"B . Truly, this is 
., tnan, woman and child ™ f /;„ ^he light ot 
pleasure-mad g^'^'-^r"',,,,; language of God's Word, 

bt h^d'^: dJi^ej^^^ ■— ^'- 

e seeker. c„r,rirp for Women. 

Compulsory Military Service or ^^^^^^^ ^^._. 

In all seriousness Germany Propos^ ^^ ^^^,^_^._^^ ^,^ 
,ry service upon «""«" '° ' .^jionary and clothing de- 

/the hospital, «-"^P°;';, ^ °th '°"-™""^ ="^''''"" r'" 
artmen.s. It is ^''^'^"'^J^l^.^ny accord with the 
.omen's rights at the P-'^ ^;= '^ „„3„,e will insure the 
deposed plan, hoping ^a ^-'^ -_^^ .,^ , hopes. But 
peedy realization of their °"E ^^^^ ,^„^ heing 

Lk of the ■"0.'>«"/:t'':i?'y activities along the 
„tced to a P"'-'P=Xfinr passions and higher Ideals 
ine indicated above! The t^ner P .j niilitansm -s 

,f womanhood are doomed o =-';" „^ 3n,t,h away 

allowed to invade the ^-f'^'j^be prophet's vision of a 
,s most P""'«;::rrr to be realized by earth's na- 
coming era of peace ev 
tions? Can we do au^gMWJhat^en^ 

only 2.000 Church Members in Wyomin^._^^^^^^ 

competent ^'^^^'^^^l^l^Z.^^lr only 22,000 people in 
tal P^P"!""""."';*^'."?; church Of this number more 
any way identified «'* a chmch. ^^,^^^^ ^^.^^ ^,, 

than half are Roman Catholics ^^^.^^^ j,,^, 

lotted .0 various P^. "dumber o' professing Christians 
the reason for so s"^' '^^ ""^^J^ "y^matic effort to e.- 

is found in the lack of P".P" ^^^^^^ije expanse of fron- 
tend the gospel proclamation to the w P ^^^ ^^^^. 

tier territory. and 'owns °° ^^^^,,^ <,i,. 

crowded with "='"g,'="f"nd of. n without any means of 
tricts are left churchless and often ^^^^ ^^^^ 

grace whatever. Wyoming, by h"; ™^J^ jtates would 
^S„t, thus affected, for ™-f^/ * ,tcts-were known, 
make a similar showing .1 the actua ^^^^^^ ^,^^ 

Sn;'d^r':rn,f::::^S^nin^he far-off lands Of 

The appointment of ^.^^"X;„ f-^'rrreturn^Versia. 
police for Tabriz, a -^=""7 .^f^^ ^al affairs by Russia, 
and the financial -"';°' °V;,7rmplete control now be- 
are preliminary steps t°wards c p ^^^ ^^^^^^ 

ing taken by the invaders fron the t ^^^ ^^ 

j/urnal announces "-' .P"" '^^r W t'- «P"'= °' "T 
the defiant Persians, >"<'■ "f ^"f^^Jy inflicted upon the 
banties and wanton "" '"' '^^f i=^L districts now oc- 
unsuspecting populace fj^^' j;^^ „ to their prom- 
cupied by Russia, they a^ 1*^1>"° ^.^ to by the 

„e. Great Britain h^=j«\"^3;rto restrain the Russian 
constitutional ''■="«;', 'o interference with the plans of 
invaders. There will be "° ' "^ ^^^ ^^.a should, in any 
Russia unless the •"'-«- "^^f/^ first and foremost, is 
way, be jeopardized. SeU m ere ^^^ ^ 

,he most '-P;-,f .3^°"nph si'zed, if necessary, by the 

Kansas Farmers Protesting. 

be a soldier or a "^irme w ^ ^^^^^^ ^^_^ 

for I want to raise him right. '->^<: J^"" They 

„„t he censured for therr ^'^ ^^^^^s identf- 
h::.'::ti?r;r:,":°--rand an .he evils .hereby 


Why Degeneracy. Abounds nFan ^^^^^ 

Much has been said about t e a ar nn^^-nc ^^^^^ ,^^^^ ^^^_ 
al corruption in France and " - "^ at the hideous 

ter elements of ''"' -' ^ most superficial observer^ 
showing,-apparent to "" ,,,„^h anxious thought 

Those who have given the mat ble condition, 

can assign no o""^"^^^' „ °iU of the French Govern- 
than the persistent ^e fn" at.on o ^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^.^^^^ 
ment to "OW<l °ut al that .n any y^ ^^_^^^^^ 
The name of God has been a ^^^ ^^^ ^p^^.^l 

alt their S'^l-"' ,*"'XYsUani^y i described as "inferior 
use of their "->«« ^^;;=':"": Lss evaporation of en- 
to Buddhism, p.aycr »s a ^ l^^^,j^„ nt,d. 

ergy and religion as a soo hing op a , ^^^ it^ 

c?/e." Noting the shanreles <• -al '^^^^^ .„^,^,ty has 
Divine A"'hor. ^ve need no. wo^ .. iniquity doth 

largely increased, and that in 

abound." „ .. . .,. Tpachine in Colleges. 

Lack of sound KaUS.=>us Tea hmg ^^,_^^__ ^^^_ 

That the influence and teachmgm many .^ ^^^^^ .^_ 
leges are deddedly irrej..- .-espec ^^^ >^^ ^^^ _^^^^^ 
s.itu.ions,-is a fac. that is _^^^^ parents, 

parent. It should also open 'e;y„eli,i„„3 schools 
who send their children to ne thoughts and 

only .0 reap .he regret '!" " ° ,^i^ ,„,ed ones. A 
principles have poisone hem, dfhe^^ ^ ^^^^^^^^ 

ptominent magazin recen y ^^^_^^,^.,^,„g the extent 

leadmg colleges, with the ""= ^ te from its 

o, the false teaching disseminated^ W q ^^^^,^^ 

teport. "In hundreds of ."l^'^^mbn 3 doomed, that .here 
daily that the home as an 'ns'itution _^^ ^^^ 

te no absolute evils; ««' ^^J^^ stLdards; that 
in contravention of society s accep ^ 

^e change from one religion .0 ano.he.slike^g^^^^^^^^.^ 
new hat; that moral precep s are Passmg ^^ 

"hat conceptions of right and ^'ong are as ^^ 

"yles of dress; and that there can be, and are. 

The Power of a Song. 

Perhaps mankind has ye. to '^-J- —nXIed 
of a heartfelt song upon he vie ^^ ,,,,3 ,„ 

heart. In Cl-cago four mu a J ^^^^^^,^^ ^^^ ^_^^_^^ 

•• murderers' row of the coun y J ,3 clemency 

that is .0 befall '"em urdes .1 e^ G ^_^_^^^_^^^ j^^^^„tly 
changes .he death penal y.ol.lcP^^.^_^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^a,l, 
a noted singer « the g'oonay ^^^ ^^,3. 

and sang a touching old-time Chnstm ^^_^^_ 

oners were «.. obhviou o .he sw ^^^ ^.^^^^^ ^^ ^^_^, 
forgotten =-"Ot.ons of the 1 ^^_^ ^^^^^ ^^„ n, 

tear-blinded eyes they gazed P ^„ both sides 

whose voice has charmed great aud ^^^^^ ^,^3 ^ 

o, the Atlantic. '^^ ^/^^^t j" lno'''er song. As the 
hush, then the urgent rcq^estjo ^^^ ^^^^ 

church song "Noel "resounded thro g^^^ .^ ^^^ ^^^ 
dors and cells, the -nd mned me ^^^^^^ ^^^^ ^^^^t 
er, and thus the '"f ^ 'f ^J^n as the best of us are 


Behind the Prison Walls. 
We note that the publishers of ''>V,''=!r'orbr'ingin.' 

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wc°ek, with its words^fja«c^jmd^mfort. 

The Fleeting :i;;;7^r^hings Earthly. 

,mostvividpictu.of.h^.r..^.a. usWcl.s^rap_ 

;:;:::rr^r^o:-::^\:^-o.;s afforded hy^.he 

1 ^f tlip elaborate machinery tnai wd^ i 
disposal of tl'e elahora ^_^^ ^,^^ j^^_.|^,_,^ „, 

by the noted De Les eps ^^^ Government is now 

the great canal at lanama,w , the De 

finishing. Recently .*=. «'^ ' "f "^Jid ,0 a Chicago 
Lesseps machinery, •n'P'er"'''a3 ^eeived by the con- 
wrecking company as ,unk, «" ""'7^'^^, ^,bat repre- 
3ignees, and soon ^>-, -'^ p^^rds of W:000,000, will 
sen.s an original outlay o. up ^^^^ 

be added to the company s scrap-ple^Tu ^^^^_^^^^ 

that the work of the g"^"/"/^;' '"""aded as does the 
begun with the brightest "f Prospcc'^^M ^^^,^ 

glory of many """^ '^^^^t' ^ "g'Ttnvive the ravages 
proudest ^eh.evements an no. 10 g ^^^^ ^^^^.^^^ 

of time's countless eh >ge. HaPPy ^^^^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^ 

-J'hLl^^ei-r^artli^^hle for ma„,-a city 
„,hose Builder and Maker is God. 


Why Love Grows Cold, 

Kecently a Chicago P-'- J» r:::™?:'^ ^t ^'ne 
dred men in his «er."ory, ou^d J^'^^^^ „, them in offi- 
time been members o' '""^ '""te^n Christian Advocate, 
cial position. The f °^*"t J "3Ugges.s .ha. .here was 
in commenting upon he '"=' " '^^ , of the church 
doubtless an evident f-'ure upon he p ^^ ^^^^^ ^^.^^ 
people to follow *em up an keep^^^^ ^^^ ^^^^^^ 
church influences On 'he ". ^ance are .r.vial 

the backsliders' failure in church a ^^ ^^^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^,. 
tndeed; "Just got °'^JT'c^.,rc^>.s bore me; what's 
„ess breaks up my ^^'t'. ^^ Sundays; and want the 
the use? " " I am selfish about 'ny,, .. „„^h to do 

whole day for res. and relaxa .on, .. ^.^ j .he 

at home." One did -. ^ ^J^J^ther because he " fe t 
teachings of the el^'ch, and an .^ ^^^ ^^„^^,. 

out of place, ill at ease an mt ^^^^^^.^^ ^^ ,^^ 

Two things are plainly ^-d=n.^^^_j^^.^^ ^^eep " is too 
reasons assigned. U) \ .„ ,^i,hm the fold, 

often neglected by .he ninety and n ^^^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^^. 

'^>. ^-^%::r"fo?:aki: IhrTssembUng of ourselves to- 
irrlrthe manner of some is." 

Critical Times in China. 

So rapidly are i-Po-nt changes being wrought ,n^..^^ 

"Celestial Empue/' these dy, tha.^..^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^ , ^, 

these columns can no. hope to ^g it is 

the momentous happenings, ""de-- f e ^^^^^^ 

announced .hat M°"g°''^: /^„i^[°bT; ven its independ- 
eciuals China proper in s.z , w.U be g ^^_^^^^. „,„ 

enee, and tha, ^^ ef n^h ^her o a^ vas^^^^P^.^^ ^^.^, 
be cut off from China. Botn ^^ally become the 

under Russian -""-nces, ad „ 1 p a^.^ ^^^y^^_^ ^^^ ^^ ,^ 

Czar's dependencies. I .later o , ^^ ^^^ ^^_..^^3 

annex them, there would no. very 1 y. 

objection by the othej pow rs for mos^ ^^^^^^^.^_^ 

bly, have plans of the.r own r ^^^ ^^^^.^ ^^_ 

- "^',""r:h'::d"s"T:"th com^^ersy, that a national 
cided by both sides to tne j ,0 determine 

conference, rcprcscfative m characU ^^^^,^ ^ ^^^^^ 

„hether China shal become a reP"b^^^ ^^^ ._^,^^^^,,, 
atchy. Meanwhile '"= ^'eat wo P^^. ^^^^.^ ^„^^,, 
spectators, wholly '"'="' "f^.jible division of the an- 
trghts and P'^t^J',,:":; t uX fir territorial acquisi- 
cient empire afford an OPP 30-called "Christian na- 

S:-..r:rr\::::iioning mind of the average 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 


Smdv to Jhcw- Ihj-scif approved unto God, a workman that needetb 
elM to be ashamed, rightly »ii\-iding the Word of Truli 

For the New Year. 

Begin the year with God, my friends; 

Begin with him the year. 
Step boldly out in untried ways 

With courage and good cheer. 
He sees the way, he knows the path 

O'er mountain-top or vale. 
He'll lead thee witli his own right hand, 

With him thou canst not fail! 
A glad new year, if liere or there, 

This year to tliee shall be. 
So free from every anxious care, 

If he but leadeth thee. 
— Mrs. Mary B. Wingate in Christian Herald. 

Why We Believe in Christianity. 

In Five Parts.— Part One. 

In these days of scientific research, when the Bible 
has been under the critic's knife, we need to be sure 
in our own minds,' whether we have any reason to 
give to the man who honestly inquires what evidence 
there is, for our Christianity, to stand. Is our system 
better than Mohammedanism ? Is it superior to Bud- 
dhism? In what way does it transcend Zoroastrian- 

These are only a few of the thousands of questions 
that are being asked by honest men as well as by skep- 
tics. \'\liat are our answers? Do you say that you 
are a Christian because your parents are? The Mo- 
hammedan says the same, but that doesn't prove the 
truth of either system. When interrogated, do you 
say you believe just " because "? That is not very sat- 
isfying to an inquiring mind and it does not, in the 
least, demonstrate the superiority of Christianity over 
other systems. Men who go to the land of Confucian- 
ism must have some more plausible reason than that. 
Allow me to present, what seem to be seven plausi- 
ble reasons for believing in Christianity, rather than 
any other system. 

Reason Number One. 

Because of its code. It is based on the Word of 
God. We have the expression " Word of God " used 
in at least live places in the New Testament, — once by 
Mark, in 7: 13, and four times by Paul in Rom. 10: 17; 
2 Cor. 2: 17; Heb. 4: 12; and 2 Thess. 2: 13. These 
passages should be sufficient to justify the faith of the 
weakest Christian. But lest they do not satisfy, let us 
look farther. 

We are not inquiring into the method of the inspira- 
tion but the fact of it. One scripture should be 
enough to establish that fact, i. e., 2 Tim. 3 : 16, which 
reads, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God." 
The New Testament writers also claimed inspiration : 
■' Which things also we speak, not in the words which 
man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost 
teacheth ; comparing spiritual things with spiritual " 
(1 Cor. 2: 13). Let that suffice for the inspiration, 
and next let us inquire into the authenticity of the 

First of all we wish to answer some objections 
which have been brought against the Book : 

(1) The lack of harmony between the Bible and 
Science. The Bible lays no claim to being a text- 
book on science. It professes and teaches spiritual 
truth. The Bible must be judged by its primary pur- 
pose. Hence, in using illustrations from nature, it 
would state them as they seemed to be. We speak of 
the sun rising when we know it to be the center of the 
solar system, and when we know that the earth re- 
volves around it. We are not called in question for 
not being scientific in these statements. 

There is a supposed contradiction in numbers in 1 
Sam. 6: 19 and Judges 12: 6. This may have occurred 
in two ways, — from the mode of notation among the 
Arabians or from the error of the transcriber. After 
you have studied Hebrew a few months you will see 
how easy it would be accidentally to substitute one 
Hebrew letter for another, which would make quite a 
difference in the numbers. 

Now let us examine some of the positive proofs ; 

(1) We have, today, copies of the Bible in print, 
dating as far back as the middle of the fifteenth cen- 

(2) We have manuscript copies as far back as the 
middle of the fourth century. At the time these 
copies were printed, the scholars had over 2,000 man- 
uscripts. That ought to be enough to show tiie Bible's 

(3) We have the writings of the Church Fathers. 
If we connect them, the system is complete. The 
Ciiurch Fathers bridge the chasm between the first 
and the fourth centuries. Sir David Dalrymple says 
that he found every verse of the New Testament, but 
eleven, in the Church Fathers. 

Most of this refers to the New Testament, but 
when Jesus was here he quoted from the Old Testa- 
ment and not always from the same book. One time 
lie quotes from Deuteronomy, next from Isaiah, then 
from Jonah. 

Besides all tliis internal proof, we have worlds of 
external evidence, of the authenticity of both the Old 
and the New Testaments. We need only to go to Jo- 
sephus for a statement concerning Jesus. Archaeolo- 
gy, every few months opens some new mine of in- 
fonnation for the Bible student. If you remember 
tlie reference in our Bible to Cyrus, and then learn 
that today we have secular history which corroborates 
tliat history, you will have your "faith made stronger. 

Again, in like manner, take the account of Sennache- , 
rib coming to Jerusalem, and history corroborates that 
too. In connection with Tiglath-pileser, Esarhaddon. 
etc., the .A.ssyrian king list, as given in the Sacred 
Record, is almost complete, coinciding with' history. 
Wiienever the two accounts came in contact, the Bible 
record agrees with history. Is that not proof enough 
from the external point of view? 

Almost every religion has its sacred books, but none 
can lay claim to such a. series of proofs of their in- 
spiration and authenticity. Many of them are simply 
ihe compilations of uninspired inen and have no unity 
whatever. _As an example I cite you to the Koran (Mo- 
hammedan Bible). 

Let me close with a reply to a skeptic who would 
not believe the Bible because he did not know the 
authors of the different books. He was asked who 
was the author of the multiplication table, but he 
could not tell. He still insisted on using it, however, 
even though he did not know who formulated it. His 
answer was that he used it because it proves itself 
true by its work. 

In like manner we use Christianity and believe in it 
because it proves itself to be true by its work. Scien- 
tific men are inconsistent when they use many things 
in their work wliich are assumptions, and then require 
a proof for every Bible statement or book. 

Loiiisville, Ky. 

What Does the Church Stand For? 


As we are, just now, especially interested in the 
proper attitude towards other denominations, and spe- 
cifically regarding rebaptism, it may be instructive to 
know the experience which the Christian church, here 
in Berkeley, is having with a similar problem. The 
Christians, ever since their organization, have con- 
tended strongly against admitting any one into their 
church fellowship who has not been immersed. Only 
last year the question was hotly discussed in their 
General Conference. For- the past four years the 
Christian church here has quietly received, without 
baptism, members from other churches who were nev- 
er immersed. 

Lately the matter has come to an issue, and the min- 
ister has caused it to be published, far and wide, by 
delivering six sermons in favor of the change. The 
ministers of all the other denominations here have 
sanctioned and encouraged his attitude, as forging an- 
other link in the chain of fellowship, binding the 
churches closer together. 

Let us note a few of his arguments, which I will 
give in substance: "The Christian church regards 
members of other churches as Christians, for we in- 
vite them to commune with us. Why, then, should we 
not admit them into fellowship without immersion, 
since their previous baptism made them Christians? 

Christ baptized no one, and he gave no command to 
baptize till just before his ascension. It was merely 
an initiatory rite into the Apostolic church (which 
should not lie identified with the Kingdom), and sure- 
ly no one can be so literal as to suppose tliat water 
baptism washes away sins. If you take Ananias' lan- 
guage litcfi'ally you must be an extreme Hteralist, and 
the Christian cliurch is not so in other things. For in- 
stance, any scholar knows that we. are not observing 
the Lord's supper as it was observed in the Apostolic 
church, but you all accept our present method as more 
in keeping with twentieth century ideals. Christ evi- 
dently took a supper in the evening, and why do we 
not, if we are consistent literalists? " 

The minister might have, just as truly, made a 
parallel argument on baptisfu, for any scholar knows 
that trine immersion was the original mode* in the 
Apostolic church. But he was well aware that such 
an admission would upset one of the fundamental 
doctrines of the Christian clnu'ch. However, the radi- 
cal step he has taken is upheld by a majority of his 
church, and is almost certain to make a change in the 
doctrine of the entire Clu-istian church. The minister, 
himself, is a finished scholar, who has seen clearly the 
logical outcome of the doctrine held by his church. 
Open communion, and other things they advocate, 
logically lead to the obliteration of denominational 

The question now comes to us of the Brethren 
church : What attitude shall we maintain toward 
other denominations, so that we may be consistent, 
and may not, in the future, be driven to surrender any 
scriptural teaching? Whenever we contemplate any 
changes, let us consider this question and be sure that 
we are not committing ourselves to a course that, in 
the end, will destroy our identity. 

When we decline to fellowship those of other per- 
suasions, it does not mean that we are judging them 
as individual Christians, but that the church has the 
duty of defining, in accordance with the Word, the 
requirements for membership. We do not "dechris- 
tianize" any one by refusing him fellowship, but we 
can admit only those who can dwell with us as one in 
Christ Jesus. 

Bro. Wieand, in his Bicentennial address on "High- 
er Spiritual Life," has given about the most consistent 
statement as to who are real Christians : " When we 
are living up to all the light we have, then the blood 
of Jesus Christ atones for all the rest. But just as 
quick ^as you and I fall short of what we know to be 
right, and do not live up to the light we have, there is 
a hindrance in the way of the efficacy of the blood of 
Christ keeping us clean and pure in the sight of God." 
This is a personal matter between us and our God. 
Let us judge ourselves, that we judge not others 
harshly. Who will cast the first stone? 
University of California, Berkeley, Cal. 

Why Be Identified With the Church? 


Curious ideas obtain among men concerning the 
church and her mission in the world. And these ideas, 
many of them taking from the church her prestige 
and influence, are unfortunately, not confined to men 
and women outside of her ranks. This article is not 
intended to be a definition of what the church is, rath- 
er is it an attempt to say, partially, what is and 
what is not to be expected by those who identify their 
lives with her. 

The church offers no easy road to affluence nor as- 
surance of a living without work. The rebuke that 
the Master gave those self-seekers who followed him 
after the miracle of the loaves and fishes, holds today, 
" Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but be- 
cause ye did eat of the loaves and were filled." Every 
person who looks for personal gain because of church 
connection will sooner or later discover his mistake- 
and will quite readily be discerned by his associates. 
To every such person the flesh-pots and vegetables of 
Egypt will appeal with greater force than the " bread 
from heaven." " Our soul loatheth this light bread " 
is the disappointed expression of many who enter the 
church with an improper conception of what the 
church purposes to do. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 

he church is not an insurance company or a bene- 
iry association, though _even before the church 

sted in its present form David could say, concern- 
God's people, " I have been young, and now am 

, yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor 
seed begging bread." The principles upon which 
church rests are conducive to health and affluence, 
the motive is too low which makes these desirable 

ults paramount. And, indeed, the sordid soul 

ich makes these motives the basis of reformation, 

I doubtless fail to receive any benefit worth while 
im his Christian experience. 

I'Vhile the church furnishes the cleanest moral and 
:ial atmosphere and the best environment to foster 
i dei-elop the social instinct, it is not the business 
the church to entertain. While the social world is 
aining every nerve and racking their brain for 
ne new fad or foible to excite and entertain, th^ 
.irch needs but to recognize her limitations and op- 
rtunities, to save her labors and activities, not to 
tertain but so to instruct her devotees that from 
iir devotions and activities, directed by a proper 
iception of life, they need no excitement or novelty 
find real enjoyment. A proper conception of life, 
;h as the church purposes to give, will so transform 
r ideals that the work which once was drudgery 

II be approached with new motives arfd performed 
th a pleasure and enjoyment possible only to him 
10 believes that " all things work together for good 
them that love the Lord ; to them that are the called 
cording to his purpose." 

The church is not a political party that purposes by 
jislation to stem the tide of evil and force men to 

pure. It we study the genius of the apostolic 
urch we must be impressed with their singular free- 
im from interference or cooperation with the gov- 
nments of the people to whom they carried the 
Dspel. Their Gospel was not a Gospel that purposed 

transform the world by mixing with its policies and 
us outvote and compel reformation, but by being in 
e world but not of it, to take out of its system a peo- 
e for his name. To drag the fair name of Christ in- 

the political arena is to dishonor him ; for nothing 

farther from the example of his life, or the spirit 
: his teachings. He says emphatically. " My king- 
3m is not of this world." 

If the mission of the church is not economic, social 
r political, what is it? And if one gives his life to 
le church what may he reasonably expect in return? 
eter's question was a reasonable one, " Lord, we 
ave left all and followed thee; what shall we have 
lerefore?" The spirit and genius of the Gospel 
lakes the declaration with which Peter prefaces his 
liestion an absolutely essential condition before one 
sed expect any real beneficial results to accrue to 
im from the church. 

Economics, politics and the social life are exacting, 
ut, to embrace them all, would require no more de- 
otion than to become a Christian, — a member of 
:hrist's body, the church. " He that findeth his life 
hall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake 
ball find it." Peter's question becomes legitimate 
nly when his assertion becomes actual. No institu- 
on makes demands so imperative and uncompromis- 
ig; and none can compare with it in what it prom- 
ies, nor approach it in what it actually does for those 
^ho are willing to lose themselves in its activities. 

My God shall supply every need of yours, according 
D his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philpp. 4: 19). 

Godliness is profitable for all things, having promise 
if the life which now is, and of that which is to 
ome" (1 Tim. 4:8). "If we walk in the light as 
le is in the light, we have fellowship one with another 
nd the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us 
rom all sin" (I John 1:7). "There is no man that 
lath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or mother, or 
ather, or children, or lands, for my sake, and for the 
[ospel's sake, but he shall receive a hundredfold now 
n this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and 
nothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; 
md in the world to come eternal life " (Mark 10: 29, 

In this scripture two things are especially noticeable ; 
he blessings of the Christian life, though they be in- 
;reased a hundredfold, are yet interspersed with per- 

secutions; and that the " fullness of joy " can find its 
perfect fulfillment only in " the world to come." 

The church is independent of and above politics; 
yet her members are the most loyal citizens. The 
chnrch does not purpose to entertain, yet the result 
of entire devotion to her is joy and peace that passeth 
understanding. The church does not flaunt itself as 
a benevolent society ; yet its very atmosphere is con- 
ducive to longevity, comfort and afiluence, but that 
these statements may be verified in individual experi- 
ence, it is necessary that one recognize the exacting 
demands of discipleship, and make Jesus Christ the 
actual Lord of his life. If the frivolous and exciting 
things, produced by the world for its amusement, oc- 
cupy our thoughts, and command our time and sup- 
port, we may neither claim the promises of God nor 
expect to be filled with satisfaction, in his church serv- 
ice. But if this scripture, " In him dwelleth all the 
fullness of the Godhead bodily; and ye are complete 
in him," is accepted as an eternal 'verity, and inspires 
our longings and activities, then will the church be- 
come to us what she should be,— the primary and 
dominant force in our lives, directing and occupying 
our activities, purifying our hearts through the domi- 
nance of its head, inspiring in us a hope for a glori- 
ous transformation when her Head and Bridegroom 
will come to take her to himself. 
Lamed, Kansas. 

by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Paul 
and Peter both knew something about the longsuffer- 
ing of God. 2 Peter 3:15 says, " And account that the 
longsuflering of our Lord is salvation." If we study 
tlie Bible from this standpoint we will praise the Lord 
that the Son's dispensation was so long delayed. The 
precepts, prophecies,- types, etc.. referring to Christ's 
nativity, must all be fulfilled, to prepare for the Son's 
dispensation. We note but one: "The scepter shall 
not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from between 
liis feet, until Shiloh come." 

.3. "Why was the Son's dispensation necessary?" 
The three dispensations are necessary, and are so in- 
tertwined that they go " hand in hand." But after all, 
■'the Father originates all things. The Son executes 
all things. The Holy Spirit consummates all things." 
If the Father had prepared a body, and the Son had 
not offered it, there would not have been an atone- 
ment, and hence no salvation. We need not tarry 
here. This fact is overwhelmingly clear to all. But 
suppose Christ would have been put to death in the 
flesh, and not "quickened by the Spirit." what then? 
Paul's answer is. We all would be yet in our sins, hence 
the necessity of the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. 
We observe this order in the creation. We especially 
observe it in the work of redemption. God the Fa- 
ther, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, is the creed 
of the Bible. 
Hartville, Ohio. 

"A Request." 


It is requested that the following queries be con- 
sidered : 

1. "Did those who died in the Father's dispensation 
die in their sins? 

2. "Why was the Son's dispensation so long delayed? 

3. "Why was the Son's dispensation necessary? 
God is a Spirit. Spirit is indivisible, hence Christ 

truly said to Philip, " He that hath,seen me hath seen 
the Father." Again, " And, lo, I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world." So whatsoever the 
Father did. he did through the Son, by the Holy Spir- 
it, and vice versa. 

1. "Did those who died in the Father's dispensa- 
tion die in their sins?" Not if they believed in the 
promised atonement. Such were saved by faith in a 
promised Savior. We are saved by faith in a revealed 
Savior. They looked forward to the cross. We look 
back to the cross. See 2 Tim. 1 : 9, 10; 1 Peter 1 : 19, 
20; Rev. 13: 8. Jesus Christ was appointed in the 
Divine purpose from the foundation of the world to 
redeem man by his blood. God accepted him as " the 
Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." 
Through the foreknowledge of God the Father this 
could all be. Were this not so, how could Heb. 11 be 
true? Christ and him crucified in the mind of God 
" the everlasting Father." 

'oluminous essay might be written on query No. 

A Strong Movement Toward Better 

BY S. N. m'cANN. 

The Church of the Brethren holds the doctrine 
that ought to win, and will win, when we are once 
compactly organized. 

We are weak in our ministry, not for lack of min- 
isters, not for lack of talent, not for lack of those 
who are willing to sacrifice, but for lack of compact 

We are weak in the pastoral work of the church be- 
cause we are weak in our methods of organizing and 
directing our ministry. 

We are weak in our school and college work, and 
unless some clear and definite plan is devised for 
properly organizing, systematizing and coordinating 
our schools and colleges, we will grow weaker instead 
of stronger. We are weak, as a church, in the power 
to hold and develop good, earnest Christians out of 
our children. They are being lost to the church every 
year. If we would hold our own, not making a single 
convert outside of our children, we would increase 
much more rapidly than we do now. 

Better organization for work and of workers will 
solve this problem practically, We lack in our family 
devotions. How many homes there are, among the 
Brethren, where the family altar is not known ! Still 
more there are, where there is no blessing asked at the 
meals by father or mother, where God's Word is nev- 
1. The querist desires "very much to have more light er read to the family. Is it any wonder that children 

on this subject." The Bible texts cited above certain- 
ly «re clear on said query. We merely aimed to an- 
swer said query, and not to write an essay. 

2. " Why was the Son's dispensation so long de- 
layed?" This query, like the former, is not an idle 
one. We all believe that " in due time Christ died for 
the ungodly." Paul says, " The law was our school- 
master to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justi- 
fied by faith." Hence the law must first be given 
" that sin by the commandment might become exceed- 
ing sinful." What is recorded from Genesis to Mat- 
thew is given that we might know the exceeding sin- 
fulness of sin, so as to produce repentance, and also 
to show the absolute necessity of the atonement by the 
death of Christ. Well did Isaiah say, " For precept 
must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon 
line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little." 
The Jews had the law and prophets; lience they were 
without excuse when Christ came. But still, how few 
Jews believe! But God left not himself without a 
witness. When we consider allthat Paul wrote on 
this question, we, like he, must conclude that " in due 
time Christ died for the ungodly." There must be 
both precept and e.iample that all might know and 
comprehend. In this we may well say, " Faith cometh 

are mdiflferent on religious matters? Better organiza- 
tion will solve this trouble, and make happier and bet- 
ter homes. How many congregations there are, in 
our Brotherhood, that seldom, if ever, have a prayer 
meeting? There is biU little spiritual life, and hence 
no means of developing the life so much needed. Bet- 
ter organization will help to solve this trouble. 

We lack in money properly to carry on the work of 
the cliurch in general as well as in our missionary 
work. This is not because the Lord has not blessed 
us with this world's goods, not because our brethren 
are miserly, but because we are not properly organized 
to teach the needs and develop the spirit of giving. We 
lack in men who are willing to take up the work on 
the various fields calling for help. This is not because 
we do not haie the men, nor because they are tied to 
the world more than to Christ, but because we fail to 
teach in such a way as to bring out the claims of the 
Gospel upon them. Better organization will solve this 
problem for the church. 

We are glad that the Annual Meeting of 1911 has 
set in motion a plan for better and more compact oj- 
ganization,— a jilan that will solve many of our pres- 
ent troubles if the churches and Districts will only ap- 
preciate the plan and make it operative. We hope it 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 

niav be made operative along its several lines, as urged 
In- the Mission Board through Annual Meeting. The 
plan is as follows : 

Petitions from the General Mission Board. 
To Conference of 1911: 

1, In carrying forward our missionary work, we are 
iinding^ difficulty to secure sufficient young ministers to 
meet our needs, and we now ask you to grant us the priv- 
ilege to recommend consecrated young lay-brethren, if 
necessary, for the foreign mission field. 

Answer; Request granted. 

2. With a view of securing unity, cooperation and the 
fullest efficiency of each congregation, whereby the church 
shall be enabled to fulfill its mission to the world, the 
General Mission Board submits to tlie Annual Confer- 
ence of 1911 the following plan for approval: 

I. Tiiat a committee of three or more, who are actively 
interested in missions, preferably representative of the 
several organizations of the congregation, be appointed 
in each congregation by the church in council, whose 
duties shall be in cooperation with the elder or pastor: 

1. To develop the home and foreign missionary inter- 
est, by the use of literature, missionary meetings, mission 
study or otherwise. 

2. To have some system of giving by every one, along 
the scriptural lines of cheerful, proportionate and weekly 
giving, and to solicit all personally to this end. 

3. To promote personal service and devotion in the 
life of the individual. 

II. That the District Mission Boards appoint a District 
Secretary to be approved by the District Meeting, wliose 
duty shall be to assist congregations to organize, adopt. 
and make operative the plan lierein outlined. Tliat the 
Secretary report annually to the District Meeting and to 
the Oeneral Mission Board. 

III. It shall be the duty of the General Mission Board 
to assist in every way in making effective this work, 
through correspondence, traveling secretaries, tracts or 

Answer: We approve the paper. 

The Recommendation of Annual Meeting. — Purpose. 

That each local church in the Brotherhood, in coun- 
cil, appoint three representative brethren from among 
themselves, — preferably active workers. These work- 
ers to be such as will work in harmony with the elder 
or pastor in charge. Unless the several congregations. 
throughout the Brotherhood, take this matter up, and 
act in harmony with the recommendation of the An- 
nual fleeting, they will miss a great opportunity for 
aggressive work on apostolic lines. If our congrega- 
tions are careless or indifferent about hearing the ad- 
vice of our highest authority in the church, on such 
an important matter as this, how can we expect to 
grow, either spiritually or numerically? 

I look upon this movement as one of the greatest 
in our church for many years, I know of no action, 
taken by an Annual Meeting, that means more for the 
church of the future than this step towards better or- 
ganization of the work for Jesus. 

The purpose of thus organizing is to secure unity, 
cooperation and the fullest efficiency of each congre- 
gation, whereby the church shall be enabled to fulfill 
its mission in the world. To secure unity is in har- 
mony with Christ's great prayer for the church. If 
each local congregation will do what it is asked to do, 
in appointing three members to help to develop the 
church along the lines recommended, there will be a 
phenomenal growth in strength both spiritually and 
numerically. Think of this whole Brotherhood work- 
ing unitedly along the lines urged by Annual Meet- 
ing, every congregation moving as one man to for- 
ward the cause for which the church was founded by 
Jesus! Think what a mighty power for the world's 
conversion we could and would be! If the prayer of 
Jesus, for us as a Brotherhood, is ever answered, it 
will more completely unite on the great gospel princi- 
ples which help to make us living members of Christ's 
body. United action never meant more to school of- 
ficers, teachers and students, never meant more to the 
head of an army, with his officers and men, than it 
means today to the Church of the Brethren. Our 
Great High Priest and King prayed for, urged and 
commanded unity of action over eighteen hundred 
years ago. Today he can lead his children on to vic- 
tory, as surely as ever in the past, but only when they 
are united in the great cause for which he lives and 

With the trumpet call from Jesus urged upon us by 
our Annual Meeting, is there an elder in charge of a 
congregation who will not fall into line and organize 
his people for better and more united work? 

The call presses not only union in sentiment but co- 
operation in works. There can be no cooperation 
without organization. A congregation may accomplish 
something along the lines suggested in a haphazard 
way, but the work, will, at best, be only spasmodic 
without proper organization. We should look not 
only to the unity of a congregation but to the unity of 
the whole body, the church, and this can only be ac- 
complished when we organize so as to cooperate in the 
great work of the church's purpose in the world. A 
local congregation may be united, so as to accomplish 
good work in its own prescribed territory, but, with- 
out cooperation with other local churches, its sphere 
of work is narrow and must become selfish. The 
doom of many local cliurches is decay and death be- 
cause they have no iiroader field than the boundary 
line of their local organization. May wo organize for 
the purpose of cooperation with the whole church I 

It is in this cooperation that the fullest efficiency of 
any local congregation is brought out. Efficiency can 
no more come to a local congregation that concen- 
trates all its energies upon itself, than efficiency can 
come to an individual who lives for himself alone. 
The individual who centers all his thoughts and cares 
upon himself, becomes nari"0W, selfish and very re- 
stricted ill hi^ field of usefulness. A congregation, like 
an individual, must become cosmopolitan, to bring 
out its best and sweetest powers for Christ. 

It is the mind and heart that feels the throb and 
pulse beat of the whole world, that dies to self and 
can be used of God to his glory. Just so the local 
congregation can rise to power and efficiency in God's 
hands when it liegins to die to self and live for the 
fallen race of mankind. 

Bridgczi'titcr. P(J. 

The Homeless One, 


" Birds have their quiet nests, 

Foxes theii* holes, and man his peaceful bed. 
All creatures have their rest — 

But Jesus had not where to lay his head. 
" And yet he came to give 

The weary and the heavy laden rest, 
To bid the sinner live, ' 

And soothe our griefs, to slumber on his breast." 

A\'heiN our Lord was here on earth, faithfully ful- 
filling his mission, going from place to place to give 
comfort to the sorrowing, to heal the sick, and 
to strengthen the weak, people followed him. At one 
time the crowd was so great that he entered a boat 
and taught them from that. 

No doubt then, as today, there were some who fol- 
lowed for the '* loaves and fishes," but not all. Many 
sought him because they felt they needed help and the 
strength which he alone could give. A certain scribe 
came to him and said, " I will follow thee whitherso- 
ever thou goest," and it was then that the A-Iaster 
uttered these pathetic words, " The foxes have holes, 
and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of 
man hath not where to lay his head" (Matt. 8; 20). 

Can it be possible, we think, as we read the touching 
words, that such a Friend of men and -women had no 
home, — no place to rest, and yet was the owner of the 
universe? . "For every beast of the forest is mine, 
and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the 
f-owds of the mountains: ;md the wild beasts of the 
field are mine. If I were hungry, I. would not tell 
thee ; for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof " 
(Psa. 50: 10-12). 

Living and working among the common people, in 
order to carry out the great plan of redemption, Christ 
no doubt often became very weary. Cheerfully he ate 
the common, plain diet of the people, when he could 
have lived in luxury. 

Was there ever, then, such condescension? Never! 
No doubt many, who read of his homeless condition, 
think, if they had been there how gladly they would 
have administered to his wants. We feel we should 
like to have given him the most comfortable chair. 
and a soft, easy bed on which to recline at night, after 
climbing over the hills of Palestine during the day. 
Like A-Iartha, we feel we would have prepared him a 
plentiful meal as well, as, like Mary, we sit at his 
feet and listen to his gracious words. We can honor 

the Master today by doing these acts of love and 
mercy for his followers, — his needy children, — and 
the ambassadors who are in his stead, carrying the 
Bread of Life to a needy world. " Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these, my breth- 
ren, ye have done it unto me" (Matt. 25: 40). 

Dr. March, in his book, " Walks With Jesus," com- 
menting upon " home-life in Capernaum," has this to 
say: "Knowing what we do of the home-life among 
the poor where Jesus dwelt, and of the throngs 
which pressed upon him wdien he appeared in public, 
we do not wonder that he tried, many times, to be 
alone. He rose in the morning a great while before 
day, stepped silently from the room where the sleepers 
lay about him, and went out into the open air into 
some solitary place to pray. ... He must needs go out 
to waste places amoilg the hills to be alone, because 
there was no privacy in the house, no separate room 
for guests or for members of the family. During the 
day he must talk all the time. He must be watched 
and stared at and listened to by rude and eager and 
idle people every moment. Wherever he went, the 
most wretched and pitiable creatures cried after him. 
The blind, the deaf and the dumb were thrust in his 
way. The lame, the paralyzed, and the lunatic, blocked 
up the road and besought his help. To have any time 
for rest and for rallying his overtaxed mind an<l 
heart, he must go away to the solitude of the hills; he 
must be alone all night with his Father." 

Such was the environment of our Lord as he went 
up and down among the hils of Palestine, giving com- 
fort to those who were in distress, and in every way 
possible helping the helpless. He. set the example in 
that particular, as w^ell as in all others, and he would 
have his professed disciples follow in his footsteps. 
The world today contains the same kind of people, and 
when we will, we may do them good. 

"The crowd had left him — they had honifs; 
The beggar, even, who all day roams 
In search of charity, had some shed 
Where he could creep and lay his head. 
But far upon that mountain height 
Was one who knelt and prayed all niglu ; 
The dews fell cold upon his brow, 
Bent low in supplication now!" 
Nczi'burg. Pa. 

Pastoral Care for Students. 


In this article it is proposed to treat the pastoral 
question from a different angle, but to confine our- 
selves to the problem as it touches the religious life of 
the student body. It is taken for granted that our 
boys and girls are in our church schools of their own 
volition, and that their chief aim is to pursue a liter- 
ary course. But could they not obtain what they want 
eleswdiere, and, in many instances, at less cost? Sure- 
ly they could, but have they not been taught that it 
might be at the peril of their souls? 

The environments at secular institutions are not 
conducive to spiritual growth and development, and the 
very appearance of students at bur college doors is a 
challenging appeal for spiritual protection, and that, 
too, with all the vehemence that the word implies. 

Under our present church polity we are somewhat 
handicapped in affording this protection. It w*ill be 
remembered that members can hold their "certificates 
of membership" for six months before they are in- 
validated; and, where students desire to take advan- 
tage of the "statute of limitation," they can virtually 
remain in a suspended condition the major part of the 
school year, for, should there be a delicacy about re- 
suming connection with the home church upon their 
return from school, the same condition prevails, and 
their spiritual life is jeopardized again. 

The better way, in the judgment of the Board, is 
to give them "pass letters," or credentials, that admit 
of a certain degree of pliabiUty, thus enabling the eld- 
er or pastor to make certain notations in these recom- 
mendations that the regular form does not admit of. 
Where there are regular school pastors, these students 
could be placed under their spiritual watch-care at 
once; and peculiarities might be specified which would 
enable them immediately to come in touch with the 
inner life of the student body. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 


It is the daily contact tliat counts, and a thorou'^h 
acquaintance will beget a confidence which no amount 
of discipline can turn to useful account. To be more 
explicit, our plan virtually apprehends a school 
church, but not, by any means, independent of the lo- 
cal congregation in which the school is located. In- 
deetU it could not be thought of in that light, for the 
entire management and teaching force are under the 
super\'ision of the local church or churches in the 
strictest sense. 

But the case of students is different, for most of 
them are not permanently located and this is our 
strongest argument for restricted liberty in local 
church government, in such cases.' Transients should 
not Imvc equal suffrage with the permanent member- 
ship, chiefly from, the consideration of an imperfect 
knowledge of the situation. For instance, it is unjust 
to vote an obligation upon the church for others to 
meet, and it is just as inconsistent for the church to 
elect to office these transients or require their time and 
services. It is constitutionally wrong to impose taxes 
without j)rivilege of representation, and strict repre- 
sentation we have shown to be impracticable from the 
foregoing arguments. There is only one of two things 
logically correct,— students must eitlrer have pastoral 
care in school or be deprived of one of their most 
sacred priiileges. In no case, however, should they 
feel that the home church has no claim upon them dur- 
ing this'period. 

When we consider the safeguards that have been 
thrown around our several schools, we dare not loolc 
upon such a course of procedure with more suspicion 
than upon the unsatisfactory methods now employed. 
Indeed, it is the psychological solution of the question 
of saving our children to the church and, when ac- 
coTuplished, will bring school and church nearer to- 

The end sought is to' ease the burdens of the local . 
church and, place greater responsibility upon the 
school management, and.,thus establish a mutual co- 
ordination of controlling forces. This can be accom- 
])lished only by school and church uniting in selecting 
the pastor. With a system of District ownership and 
supervision, and a unued sympathy for our schools., 
the' circle of responsibility would be thus widened and 
ere long patronage and financial aid would come as 
naturally as that afforded to any other worthy cause. 
Without it they must continue to be permissible on 
tl«; ground of self-support, and therefore self-govern- 
ment. This we can not afford, for the cause is too 
close to our hearts, and we have already lost too nnich 
bright talent that we Tnight now be using! 

The M&THOD of bringing this about, as well as the 
EINANCING of the project, is quite beyond the scope 
of our vision or power, but we are perfectly willing to 
bide the time of intelligent, prayerful consideration, 
feeling that sentiment is growing, and general satis- 
faction prevails where the pastoral system has been 
tried. • _ 

Flora, hid. 

There are boys in so-called Christian homes who 
grow into manhood without training or with the poor- 
est kmd. They are not altogether unlike the above. 
They ha\e little or no strength of character. Unless 
they have extra care, they will surely drift away from 
holy things. 

The evangelist is sometimes to blame. He does not • 
cause his converts to count the cost as Jesus did when 
he emphasized the doctrine of self-denial, therefore 
the babes in Christ are not put in the way to secure a 
blessing, and they often return to former pleasures. 
But, again, there are evangelists of a serious- type who 
preach too much law and too little Gospel. The con- 
verts are impressed with the former, rather than the 
latter, and they, too, miss the path to blessing. They 
are likely to become discouraged and turn back. 

But how strange it is that so maTiy brethren and sis- 
ters sit around, busily criticising the brother who has 
labored with them as an evangelist, and the new con- 
verts who, — they seem to have many reasons to fear, 
— will not stand the test of time ! Is it not evident 
that, the more poorly the evangelist has done his 
work-, the more certainly there is a work for the home 
folks and the more ready they should be to do- it ? 

Let it be well known that the home folks will have 
an abundance to do when the evangelist does his best. 
.See how some " walked no more after " Jesus. Read 
the Book of Galatians and see how some apostatized 
even though Paul was their evangelist. It was the 
teachers that followed Paul that did the mischief. 

So nowadays, when the evangelist goes home, even 
if his work was the best, very nntch depends on those 
that remain to teach the young converts that they 
might be led into deeper truths and to higher spiritu- 
al ground. 

Suppose the conversion of a soul is indeed genuine. 
Then he has a spirit to work and has new and cleaner 
motives to back up all his activities. How utterly dis- 
couraging to him to note the lukewarmness and the in- 
difference that sometimes abound I How. disgusting 
to this newborn child of God if, indeed, he sees evi- 
dences of jealousy, envy and hypocrisy. Let us never 
forget how grieved the Lord is when we cause one of 
these little ones to stumble. 

There is always a reason when men turn back and 
thus make a wreck of their spiritual life. The rea- 
son, be it known, is always too poor. lb will never 
excuse the backslider. But with him those who still 
retain their names on the church roll but who, in any 
way, cause weaker ones to stumble, will be held ac- 
countable as surely as those whose names are removed 
from the records of the church. 
Joliiistown. Pa. 

Why Men Turn Back, or the Wrecked Life. 

T!V W. M. HOWE. 

Did you ever know a bright boy, well favored by 
his father,— to the extent of being started in business 
with a fe\r thousand dollars, — but who, for one rea- 
son and then another, did not make the business go. 
but, on the contrary, with spells of dissipation, hurried 
the sheriff's notice to his door? In this world of sin 
what a lot of sad stories could be told of men of means 
'and marked ability who have fallen, who have lost not 
only their money but their morality and all their man- 
hood ! 

But the saddest story this old world has to tell is 
the story of the man that has failed spiritually, that 
has fallen away from Christ and the church and has 
made shipwreck- of his spiritual life. Why do men go 
back to the world after having tasted of the good 
things from heaven? 

There are boys whose parents never professed 
Christianity. The whole family is both in the world 
and of the world. They know only carnal pleasures. 
If they are not shown the new and better joys of the 
Christian life, they are quite sure to return to the 
" flesh pots " of the world. 


' Write wliat thoi 

:est, and sen,! 


The Annual Bible Institute of Juniata College will be 
held January 12 to 21, 1912. 

President I. Harvey Brumbaugh will give an address 
January 12, at 7:30 P. M. 

F'ollowing is the daily program: 

8:40 A. M., Library Period. 

9: 25 A. M., Chapel. 

9:45 A. M., Book of First Corinthians.— D. W. Kurtz. 

10:30 A. M.. Hebrew Poetry. Book of Psalms. E.xilie 
and Restoration Periods. — A. H. Haines. 

2:00 P. M., Sunday-school Period.— T. T. Myers, Lead- 

2:4.5 P. M., Tile Gospel of Divine Fatherhood, Trulll, 
Liberty, Love., Forgiveness, Happiness, I'aitb. Prayer, 
Suffering, The Kingdom.— D. W. Kurtz. 

3:30 P. M., The Book of Hebrews.- T. T. Myers. 

4: 15 P. M., Chureh Activities and D(jveIopment.— Dis- 
enssion by able speakers. 

7:30 P. M., Evangelistic Sermons.— J. H. Cassady. 

In the " Sunday-sebool and Chureh .Activities and De- 
velopment" periods, the following topics will be dis- 
cussed: Sunday-school Management, Sunday-school 
Pedagogy, Missions in the Sunday-sehool. The Superin- 
tendent. Teacher-training, the Organized .Adult Bible 
Class, Temperance. Christian Giving, Missions, Educa- 
tion, The Pastor, Evangelization, The Laymen's Move- 
ment. The following brethren have been asked to take 
a leading part in the discussions: M. G. Brumbaugh, las. 
A. Sell, W. M. Howe, J. C. Stayer, W. S. Long, C. O. 
Beery. J. J. Shaffer, Ardie Wilt, A. J. Culler, O. K. 
Myers, A. H. Haines, E. M. Howe, Ross Murphy, Edgar 

De.weder, P. J. Blough. H. A. Spanogle, John Bennett, J. 
T. Myers, W. J. Swigarl, F. F. Holsopple. 

_Thc singuig will be in charge of Prof. B. I- Wamnlcr 
of the College. 

The Sisters' Mission Band, of Huntingdon, will bold 
llicir annual meetuig on Saturday Jan. 13 at 2 P M 

Remember the Institute will have its opening session 
ol Bible Study on Friday, Jan. 12. at 9: 45 A. M. 

A rare opportunity ' is offered to all who want to get 
more of [he Book, and a greater inspiration for the work 
Come for the first period and get all of the Institute If 
you cannot do this, eome and get all you can. Churches 
and Sunday-schools would do well to send represenla 
tives. The Lord bless his work and workers here and 
everywhere! T T Ar 

Tr - . 1- t. Myers. 

Huntmgdon. Pa.. Dec. 25. 



The /Vnnual Bible Institute of Bridgcwater College, 

\ a., will be held from Monday, Jan. 22, to Friday, Feb. 2, 

Schedule of Work. 

The Sermon on the Mount.- Eld. S. N. McCann 
Missionary Studies in the Acts.— Eld. I. S Long 
'Palk on Our Work in India and Our Trip to Babylon 

— Erne V. Long. 

Experiences in the Orient.— Eld. S. H. Flory. 
Galatians (an Exegctieal Study).— Eld. S. N. McCann 
Sunday-school Pedagogj'.— Dr. E. C. Eixler. 
Our School Work and Oiu- Church Work.— John S 


Evangelistic Services.- Eld. I. S. Long. 

Missionary Day— Friday, January 26. 

its Possibilities.— Eld. S. I. 
John F. 


Our District Work and 

Development of Our Mission Work.— Eld 

What We Can Do?— Miss Mac Albright. 
Why the Foreign Field Jnvitcs?— Prof, C. W. Ronk 
The Joys of the Missionary.— Mrs. Effie V. Long 
The Outlook in India.— Eld. I. S. Long. 

College Day— Friday, February 2. 

The College and the District.- Eld. W. H. Sanger. 

Our Young Ministers and the College.— El*. M. 

The Modern Trend of Education.— Prof. J. C. Myers. 

The College and Church Loyalty.— Mrs. Rebecca Bow- 

Without the College, Whati'— Eld. C. E. Long. 

The College and Our Young People.— Eld. John T. 

Tuition free. 

Room and board in College (to a limited number) per 
week, $3.00. 

Single meals, 15 cents. 

All are invited to take their meals at the College din- 
ing room. Proceeds from these meals will be applied to 
the fund for aiding young ministers. Eat at the dining 
room and help a worthy cause! 

Application for room and board should be made as 
early as possible. Address, Bridgewatcr College, Bridge- 
wa^er, Virginia. 

The twelftll annual Bible Term at Elizabelhtown Col- 
lege begins Jan. II, and continues ten days. Eld. Galen B. 
Royer will preach evangelistic sermons each evening. 
Bro. Royer will also teach two periods daily, his sub- 
jects being " The Holy Spirit " and " The Parables of 
Our Lord." Eld. J. Kurtz Miller will give daily instruc- 
tion in " St. John's Epistles " and " Messages of Great 
Bible Chapters." 

Several trustees will assist in teaching. Eld. Jesse Zieg- 
ler. President of the Board, will give five lessons on 
"Prayer." Eld. S. H, Hertzlcr will teach " Romans." Bro. 
J. H. Keller will teach from " St. Mark's Gospel." 

Of the members of the faculty. Prof. H. K. Ober will 
instruct in " Sunday-school Pedagogy;" Lydia Stauffer will 
give lessons in " Psalms," and Kathryn Miller will con- 
duct a class in Vocal Music. 

Special programs, known as the " Educational Pro- 
gram," " Sunday-school Program," and " Missionary and 
Temperance Program," will be given Jan. 13, 14 and 20. 

A circular, giving further information regarding items 
of expense and accommodation, will be cheerfully mailed 
to any one applying for it. D. C. Reber. 

Dec. 26. 

Tongues may lie, but eyes never do. If you have 
learned how to interpret their short-hand lexicography 
truly, you will always get the facts. The eye is a mimic 
stage where the soul acts out its moods, emotions, plans 
and purposes in swift and silent magic, like the iliuminat- 
ed sheet that receives the shadows from the lantern slide 
when all the r^st'of the room is dark. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 


Thoughts on the New Year. 


Again the Lord lias permitted us to live to see an- 
other new year. \\"e know what has happened in days 
gone b>'. but we do not know what will occur before 
another year draws to a close. We can not see into 
the dim future, and we are glad that God has made 
it thus. 

It is good for all of us to make resolutions, but we 
should not neglect to live up to them. Eld. John Kline, 
of Virginia, whose sacred memory is still living in the 
minds of many, made the following resolutions on 
Monday. Jan. 1, 1S3S, " I now resolve to do all the 
good I can this year, — to shun all evil in thought, word 
and deed, as far as I can ; to learn all I can of whole- 
some truth : to make the best use I can of what I learn 
and know ; to do all this with an eye single to the 
glory of God and the good of mankind." 

Can w'e not learn good lessons from Bro. Kline's 
resolutions ? Let us be earnestly engaged in the Mas- 
ter's sen-ice. There is a work for us all to do. We 
can well afford to do our best to win souls for Christ 
and the church. We want to be loyal to our God. 

The year 1912 may have many blessings and golden 
opportunities in store for us. Let us ask the Lord to 
guide us by his Holy Spirit. 

We live in a land of peace and plenty. Our Breth- 
ren did not always enjoy a land of peace. During the 
Civil War some of the members of our Beloved Fra- 
temit\r endured many persecutions. Those were dark 
days. Eld. John Kline, of sacred memory, thus wrote 
in his diary, on Jan. 1, 1861, "The year opens with 
dark and lowering clouds in our national horizon." He 
further wrote : "Secession means war, and war means 
tears, and ashes, and blood." 

We hope that all of us will be real missionaries 
throughout this year. We believe that luany sinners 
will come home to God. We may see the first day of 
this 3-ear, but will we see the close of it? We can not 
tell. But it is absolutely certain, that many of our be- 
loved brethren and sisters will enter the Great Beyond 
before the year closes. There may be some aged eld- 
ers among the nmnber, as well as among those who 
are today preaching the Word, and are in the prime of 

centered upon the future, when they expect to- meet 

the loved ones gone before, — never to be separated. 
Who would not lend a helping hand to make old 

age pleasant, and bring about such conditions as will 

cheer them in their last days? 

Not an unkind word was spoken by anyone during 
the twenty-five days spent with them. They are hap- 
py together in this beautiful Home. Nice groves, 
lawns and evergreen trees help to make this Home 
quite attractive and pleasant. The churchhouse is but 
a few rods from the Home and these dear aged saints 
attended nearly all the services. This Home is truly 
a pleasant place for our aged veterans. 

Nineteen years have passed since our last visit here. 
Manj of the dear saints, who then worshiped with us, 
have passed to their reward. Among these are Bro. 
Enoch Eby and wife. Brother and Sister Keedy, Isaac 
Emmert, and others. Others, again, have moved to 
other parts of the Brotherhood. We think of our dear 
sister. Aunt Hettie Engle. now of Broadway, Ind., 
who was then se.xton of the church, and also the donor 
of the 120 acres of land on which this Home is located. 
Vale. Joiva. 



A\'e all enjoy to see a New Year's Day, but, after 
all, we feel that we will not always abide in this world. 
How true it is that " we all do fade as a leaf " ! 
" To thy saints, while here below. 
With new years new mercies come. 
But the happiest year they know. 
Is the last, which leads them home." 
Elizahethtoivn, Pa. 

The Darlow Home, Kans. 


It w-as my happy lot, while conducting meetings at 
Darlow, to inake my home with the members of this 
institution, which has been opened for the comfort of 
our aged brethren and sisters. Nearly nineteen years 
have passed since this Home was opened, bringing 
comfort and rest to our aged saints. 

Bro. and Sister J. H. Showalter, as superintendent 
and matron, respectively, are surely well adapted to 
these very important places of trust in the Home. 
Firm in discipline, yet they are pleasant and most 
obliging to the fathers and mothers in Israel. A suit- 
able variety of well-cooked food is served on their 
tables, and every department of the Home is in a 
most sanitary condition. 

Here I learned more of the real benefits of our Old 
Folks' Homes than I ever knew before. We, who are 
blest with children and side companions, may forget to 
think of the loneliness of old age,-such as is experi- 
enced by our members that are unable to engage in the 
activities of life. Their views and tastes have under- 
gone a great change. They have but little in common 
with others. The most sacred emotions of their hearts 
are among the scenes of the past. Lovers and friends 
have been taken from them and laid in the grave. 
Their talk is of past days and scenes. Their hopes are 

Kingdom of God. 


" Show us the kingdom," was the anxious thought 
of the pomp and pageantry loving Pharisee, as Christ 
went about, teaching that the kingdom was at hand. 
It blasted their fondest expectations when he said, 
" The kingdom of God cometh not with observation." 
They had misjudged the nature of the religion that 
Christ was teaching. They thought it should consist 
of outward forms and show. They thought it should 
be Judaism, heralded by phylacteries and trumpets. 
When Jesus said, " The kingdom of God is within 
you," or else you do not have it at all, they were dumb- 

They failed to recognize that religion is a matter of 
truth, being accepted in the heart, and that Christiani- 
ty consists of the forms and ordinances that Christ 
tau.ght, by which this religion is shown. 

It is the same today. The two are essential to each 
other and inseparable. You may have a religion with- 
out Christianity, and you may have the form of Chris- 
tianity without religion, but each is u'seless without the 

Truth is the great sea containing God's thought. 
Creeds and isms are the bays, walled in by man's 
thought. They may be decorated by Christ-taught 
forms of godliness and the ordinances of his house, 
but he who makes it the chief aim of his life to show 
loyalty to them, has retired his bark from the sea of 
truth, cast his anchor and sealed himself up with a 
form of godliness while he denies the power thereof. 
The kingdom of God is within us. Christ in us and 
we in Christ,— this is our hope of glory. 

Religion in the heart makes necessary the outward 
forms of godliness and the ordinances, otherwise the 
truth within us can not grow into a temple fit for 
God's dwelling place. 

Outward forms and ordinances are as the scaflfold- 
ing to a building that is being erected,— useless when 
no building is being done, but indispensable when the 
work is going on. 

Forms and ordinances lift us to the throne of glory, 
provided the kingdom of God (his truth) is within us.' 
It it IS not, we receive from Christianity only a form, 
—a scaffolding,— with which we can erect no building. 
Are we in the sea where God fills us with his Spirit- 
laden truth, or have we sought a harbor in the bay, 
where the form without the spirit lulls our starving 
souls to sleep? 
Royersford, Pa. 

Cost of Saving Souls. 


To discuss the cost of saving souls seems a strange 
subject indeed ; but it is going the rounds, both from 
the pulpit and press. The Rev. William A. Sunday is 
credited with giving the estimated cost of a soul saved 
in Boston to be $405. Some one says: " The ques- 
tion, 'What shall a man give?' " seems to have been re- 
phrased in the evangelist's mind into, " What shall a 
man receive for saving a soulT" The efforts to get 

money at these meetings being about equal to the ef- 
fort to get souls, I feel justified in saying that the fail- 
ure to get money -would be as mortifying, if not great- 
er, than the failure to get souls. I copied from a 
. daily, the report of two recent meetings held in Ohio 
cities, by prominent evangelists: "First meeting, 
7,000 conversions: donations to the evangelist, .$14,- 
000 for six weeks' work. The second meeting, 1,700 
conversions, donations, about $3,500, for five weeks' 
work." This professional evangelism is becoming not 
only objectionable, but offensive to considerate minds. 
Is not this one way of "heaping up treasures ?" James 
speaks of these in the last days, but he adds: "Your 
riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth- 
eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust 
of them shall be a witness against, you." Let it be 
kept in mind that our works will follow^ us. The fore- 
going extortion is entirely incompatible with the dis- 
tress and crying needs of the poor, right in those very 
cities. Paul tells us twice, in I Cor. 9, that he declined 
even the support that he had allowed to others. Be- 
sides, only about half, and at times much less than 
half, of the number reported converted ever show up 
after the meeting closes. This leaves the field in a 
most discouraging condition, to be attended to, later 
on, by legitimate methods. 
Covington, Ohio. 



Every Foe of God Faces Failure. 

Jer. 36: 20-32. 

For Sunday Evening. Ian. 14, 1912. 

I. The Word of God Is— (1) Eternal. It " abidetli for- 
ever " (Isa. 40: 8; I Pet. 1: 23). (2) II is written in 
hearts Qer. 31: 33: Heb. 8: 10). (3) It is firmer than 
heaven (Matt. 24: 35). (4) It will meet us in the last day 
(John 12: 48). 

II. All Attempts to Destroy It Have Failed.— (1) Jc- 
hoiakim (a) cast it into the fire (vs. 23, 24); fb) would not 
hear intercession (v. 25); (c)" was punished (vs. 29-31); 
(d) was overruled (v. 32). (2) Also the Jewish rulers 
(Acts 4: 13-19; 5: 29-40). (3) The same is true today. 

III. Its Enemies. Are Punished.— (1) In this life (Prov 
13: 13; Jer. 36; 29-31). (2) In eternity (Rev. 22: 18, 19). 

Praise God for his Word and its power to "withstand 
opposition, and pray that it may continue to be glorified. 

1. Why do you believe the Bible to be indestructible? 

2. What class of people try to destroy it, and why? 

3. Name penknives that are used to destroy it today. 

4. Speak of the great debt of gratitude we owe to God 
for the Bible and its preservation. 



The World-Wide Call, "Go Ye." 

Matt. 28: 19, 20. 

For Week Beginning Jan. 14, 1912. 

1. Christ's Definite Assurance. — "All authority bath 
been given unto me in heaven and on earth." That being 
true, the Lord's embassadors go out with all authority in 
heaven and on earth back of them. They are assured of 
the rightfulness of their Master to send them out on this 
great work. It is from one whose power supersedes ail 
thrones and dominions, and before whose authority even 
kings must ultimately bow. Every true follower of Je- 
sus has the guarantee that, in his work of hastening the 
kingdom of Jesus Christ in the world, be has^all authority 
back of him. He is in the Master's work; 'be is about 
bis "Father's business;" and his justification to engage 
in this service comes from One to whom was given "all 
authority in heaven and on earth" (John 14: 12-24). 

2. An Urgent Responsibility.— Christ's messengers 
have a clear and decisive assignment: "Make disciples 
of all the nations, baptizing them in the ilame of the Fa- 
ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." This com- 
mission shows where they were to go and what they were 
to do. There is to be no cessation in their activity until 
all the continents, and all the dominions, and all the is- 
lands of the seas shall be converted unto the Lord. The 
truth must enter the heart and produce conviction. Men 
must give up their sins, be renewed in mind and heart, re- 
nounce the world, and make profession of their faith in 
Jesus (Mark 16: 1.S, 16). 

3. An Encouraging Guarantee.—" Lo, I am with you 
always, even unto the end of the world." Christ's pres- 
ence with us, in all our labors, is sufficient assurance that 
our labor will not be in vain in the Lord. He will be with 
all who go forth bearing, in his great name, bis own an- - 
thoritative commission. Christ is at the head of the col- 
umn, and carries the banner to victory (Heb. 12: 1, 2). 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6. 1912. 


Two Boys and a Cigarette. 

Two bright little fellows, named Harry and Will, 
Were just the same age and the same size until 
One day in their travels it chanced that tlicy met 
A queer little creature, surnamed Cigarette. 
This queer little creature made friends with the boys, 
And told them a story of masculine joys 
He held for their sharing. " I tell you," quoth he, 
" The way to be manly and big is through me." 
Will listened and yielded; but Harry held out. 
" I think your assertions are open to doubt," 
He said, " and besides I'm afraid I'd be sick." 
"Afraid!" echoed Will, "oh, you cowardly stickl 
Well, I'm not afraid, look a-here!" As he spoke 
He blew out a halo of cigarette smoke. 

Five years from that meeting saw them again, 

The time had arrived when they both should be men, 

But, strangly enough, although Harry boy stood 

As tall and as strong as a tre_e in the wood. 

Poor Will seemed a dwarf; sunken eye, hollow cheek, 

Stoop shoulders, proclaimed him unmanly and weak. 

With thumb and forefinger he listlessly rolled 

A cigarette, smoothing each wrinkle and fold, 

And the smoke that he puffed from his lips, I declare. 

Took the form of a demon and grinned from the air. 

And it said, " See that wreck of a man that I made 

Of the boastful young fellow who wasn't afraid." 

—Ella Wheeler Wilcox. 

Being a Good Mother. 


In a con\-ersation, not long; ago, concerning wom- 
an's duties and privileges in church work, a young 
mother said, "I used to wish I could talk in public and 
write like so man;' others, but I've given that up long 
ago. My only ambition now is to be a good mother." 
My first^lhonght was, " How could church work and 
thinking along spiritual lines hinder any woman in be- 
ing a good mother? " Indeed, could it be other than 
a decided Iielp in the great work and responsibilities of 
Christian motherhood ? 

For years I have noticed that those mothers tliat 
studied and thought much on religious subjects, doing 
what good they could in their humble fields of labor, 
were by far nearer my ideal of good mothers, than 
were those whose all-absorbing question seemed to be, 
" What are others wearing this summer and how are 
they dressing their children?" We are far too hkely 
to be very proficient doing fancy work and much un- 
necessary sewing, and hardly capable of properly 
teaching -the Sunday-school lesson to our children. 

But what constitutes a good mother? Notice, I do 
not say. " The ideal mother," for the term "ideal " is 
discouraging to many of usv It is. seemingly, so far 
from "our grasp that we become discouraged in the at- 
tempt to reach it. But the good mother, — the one 
whose children shall rise up and call her blessed, and 
whose husband trusteth in her, — let ine describe her, 
in part at least, by illustration. 

It was my good fortune, — a special Divine blessing 
I should say, — to have had for my school-mates two 
children whose mother I shall ever consider a good 
mother. Surely her works praise her, and shall live 
long after she is gone. God only knows the good done 
by one who seeks only to glorify God in all her life 
and activities. She -was a Christian, — she trusted 
God. She loved the Church and was very anxious 
that her children's lives be good examples to the 
world. She was an intelligent Christian, being able to 
give a reason for the hope within her, as the apostle 
advises. Her interest* were world-wi/^'^ ^' .ew 
the spiritual needs of the world, and was willing to do 
all in her power to meet them. She lived "a simple 
life, — not that of a society leader and club enthusiast, 
— but the better life of a good mother and a faithful, 
efficient church worker. She attired herse'f "as be- 
cometh a woman professing godliness," and her little 
ones were exainples of neatness and intelligence. Her 
home was a veritable haven of rest for the poor, sick 
or discouraged ones. Those most unfortunate re- 
ceived her tenderest care. 

Although a writer of rare, ability, an able contribu- 
tor to the church literature, her writing was by no 
means all intended for the press, but, aside from the 
letters to her children, that failed not to contain the 

best of a loving mother's Christian counsel, there were 
many sick and discouraged ones tliat received the 
blessing of a letter from her, cheering them and lead- 
ing them into more of the riches and sweetness of the 
life "hid with God in Christ Tesus." She was edu- 
cated, though not a graduate of any university. Her 
criticism of any literary production was valued highly, 
She was ready and able to counsel her children,— from 
tlie most trivial sentiment to matters of most vital im- 
portance in their young lives. She was capable of do- 
ing any phase of Christian work, and, if necessary, 
help her husband prepare his sermons. Hers was a 
life of true piety, and her chief desire was to see oth- 
ers love and serve her God. She was and is a truly 
virtuous woman. We need to pray for more such 
mothers. The home, the church and the world need 

There is all too little attention paid to the higher 
things of life. Until mothers realize that their highest, 
noblest duty is to raise their children for Christ and the' 
church, there will fail to be a much higher plane of 
tliinking and living among the younger generation. 
Mothers who spend their deepest thought and most 
arduous toil on the fashionable dressing of their little 
ones, are not fulfilling the Master's will that their chil- 
dren be brought up in the nurture and admonition of 
the Lord. 

When will ^ve awake to a sense of our duty? We 
realize our children's physical wants and exert most 
strenuous efforts to meet them. Some even under- 
stand their mental need, and work late and early that 
their children may be well educated, but how few 
seem to know that their spiritual life is the one to be 
mostly concerned about? The soul's cry deserves our 
most careful and prayerful labor. 

An education is not indispensable to the "Christian 
mother,— though a very great help indeed, for many 
of our very best mothers never trod college halls. 
What is needed is more real spirituality, more sincere 
Bible study, and less light reading, tliinking and con- 
versation. Undoubtedly we need more earnest prayer, 
a greater interest in church work and in her welfare. 
God can then make the most humble mother a most 
noble example of Christian motherhood. 

Syracuse, Indiana. 

The Poor. 


It is not only in cities that we find the poor neg- 
lected. We are continually in touch with the needy. 
" For ye have the poor with you alway, and whenso- 
ever ye will, ye may do them good." 

The poor are too often censured for ill-manage- 
ment. Our Savior makes no criticisms because of 
these weaknesses. True, it is more pleasant to assist 
those wlio make their utmost efforts to help them- 
selves, and do not depend upon assistance. Often 
help can be given in other ways besides tliat of contri- 
butions financially. 

Our help should be a loving service, and not so 
much from a standpoint of duty and even necessity. 
Reluctance in giving adds much to the needy ones' 
real distress. To neglect the poor is to neglect one of 
the best means of grace. " Blessed is he that consider- 
eth the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of 
trouble." Again, "He that hath pity upon the poor, 
lendeth to the Lord, and that which he hath given, will 
he pay him again." So says Solomon. Do we believe 

To neglect the poor is to neglect God. " Inasmuch 
as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it 
not to me." Jesus says the abo^e, and Solomon also 
says, " He that opprcsseth the poor, reproacheth his 
Maker." Anyway, at best we are only stewards. The 
most substantial way to help the poor is to live with 
tliem in our hearts and s)'nipathies, — to feel ourselves 
on a common level with them. 

No reference should be made to riches or poverty 
to remind them of their needy condition. To exhibit 
rich wardrobes is anything else but comforting to 
them. How about wearing the like? Such a course 
has a tendency to prompt them to overreach their in- 
come, in order to cope with the display shown by oth- 
ers. What a waste of energy! Both extremes are 
evidences of folly in the extreme. 

How about extravagantly-furnished homes dis- 
couraging the poor? 

A certain ex-governor of one of the States made the 
iunuble request while upon his death-bed, to have a 
very common monument to mark his grave. When 
the sons asked him. "iVhy sor'—he remarked, "So 
the poor can have one like it." What an example of 
simplicity from an eminent man ! God will, in his 
own good time and way, have equality to reign. 

Arcanum, Ohio. 


nv IDA M. HELM. 

Time! . What a little word, with only four letters, 
yet fraught with incalculable meaning! Seconds^ 
miinitcs. hours, days, weeks, months, years,— how 
swiftly they bear us on, with unseen wings, to the 
boundless shore of eternity! How little we realize the 
preciousness of time, as it hears us onward! "Now" 
is all the tiiue of which we have the promise. Now is 
the time for us to work,— ere long we will have passed 
from time to eternity. The apostle says, " Knowing 
the time, that now it is high time to awake out of 
sleep," — the sleep of sin. 

Eternity, what hast thou in store for the children 
of men ? The solemn answer is, " As they build in 
time, so shall they live in eternity." " Therefore who- 
soever hearelh these sayings of mine, and doeth them, 
I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house 
upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the flood? 
came, and the winds blew, and heat upon that house; 
and it fell not ; for it was founded upon a rock. And 
every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and do- 
eth them not, shall be likened unto- a foolish man, 
which built his house upon the sand: and the rain de- 
scended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and 
beat upon that house: and it fell: and great was the 
fall of it." — Jesus. 

What thoughts cluster about Ihc word time! It is 
a priceless gift. God has given it to us as a precious 
season in which to prepare for eternity. It is the ves- 
tibule in which we are all getting ready to enter the 
great beyond. When life's sun sets for us we will 
either enter the mansions of glory througli the golden 
gate at the right, or we will sink into the bottomless 
pit at the left, — a horrible dungeon from which the 
smoke of the fires of torment ascends forever and 
ever, — an agonizing region prepared for the devil and 
his angels. 

The year 1911 has passed, and with it more than 
forty million souls have passed from time to eternity, 
and many, many o£ them died before they reached 
middle age. Go to the cemeteries and read the ages 
recorded upon the gravestones. * See how many died 
ere life's sun reached its meridian! When the grim 
messenger called, they went, as we all must go. wheth- 
er we are prepared or not. to meet the Great Judge of 
all the earth. As we live so shall wc die: as we die 
so will we go to the judgiuent. We are dictating our 
doom every hour, and the recording angel is keeping 
a true record of every thought, word and act of our 

As we look back over tlie past year, how many of 
the three hundred and sixty-five days have been spent 
in wrong and sin, — days in which jealousy, strife, an- 
ger, hatred and other evils predominated in our lives? 
How the crimson lines glare at us from among the 
golden lines written in our "book of life"! We can 
not recall them now: they are gone forever. But the 
present is ours, in which we may write only with let- 
ters of gold, — deeds, words and thoughts of love, 
charity, kindness, peace, hope and righteousness. 

Let us stop to think of the great work to be done 
for the Master! Think of our own needs and the 
needs of our fellow-men! Think of the millions who 
are yet out of Christ, and learn the value of time. It 
can be measured onl)- by the priceless souls of men 
and women. 

"Time, triumphant with the spoils of the past, em- 
ploys his fatal scythe in cutting down and burying the 
sons and daughters of Adam." It is not the will of 
God that one soul should he lost. " Behold, now is 
the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salva- 

Ashland, Ohio. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 

The Gospel Messenger 

Official OrstM of tbe Churoli of the Bretbren. 

A Religious Weekly 


Brethren Publishing House 
publishixg agent general mission board. 

16 TO 2i South St.ate Street, Elgin, Illinois, 


Editor, D. L, Miller, 

Office Editor. J. H, Moore, 

Assistant, L. A, Plate, 
Corresponding Xiditors. 

H. B. Brurabaugli Huntingdon, Pa, 

H. C. Early Penn Laird, Va, 

Grant Mahan Oinaja, Cuba, 

Business Manager, H, E. Arnold, 

Advlflory conunlttee. 

S. N. McCann, G. W. Lentz. P. R, Keitner. 

ES^All business and comuiunication.s intended for tlie paper should 
be addressed to tbe BRETHREN FUBI,1SUING HOUSE. ELGIN, ILL,, 
and not to any individual couueeted witli iL 

Entered at tbe Post Office atElgin. HI,, as Second-class Matter, 

According to reports published in the Messenger 
it would appear that during 1911 one hundred and 
four were baptized in India, eleven in Canada, ten in 
Sweden and two in China, This means 127 accessions 
in the foreiirn fields. 

The Sunday-school Institute of Northeastern Ohio, 
to be held in the First Church of the Brethren at 
.■\l<roii, is announced for Jan, 23 to 25, Brethren 
I, B, Trout and D, H, Zigler will have charge of the 
work. The program will be found on page 16, 

On page 16 will be found an important notice from 
Bro. C, M. \Venger, Annual Meeting Treasurer. It 
will be seen that Bro. Wenger, as a collector, is doing 
splendid work. He not only collects what is due from 
each State District, but he goes about it quietly and 
in a systematic way, and at the end of the fiscal year 
makes a leport that can be easily understood. His 
method of collecting funds might prove helpful to 
some of the District Treasurers. 

Tins week Bro. D. L. 
talks at Pasadena, Cal. 

Miller begins Bible Land 

Bro. E. M. Culler, late of Canada, and Bro. Rob- 
ert Dillon, of Camden, Ohio, accompanied by their 
wives and two small daughters, visited the House last 
week, and called at the Messenger sanctum. They 
are spending the winter in Bethany Bible School. 

There has been a wonderful religious awakening at 
Georgetown, Ohio. Bro. B. F. Petry delivered forty 
sermons during a very interesting' revival and eight- 
een persons were added to the church by confession 
and baptism. One was restored to fellowship, and 
two await baptism. 

Xe.xt week we hope to publish the queries intendetl 
for the Annual fleeting. 

Our correspondent at Payette Valley, Idaho, re- 
ports eight recent accessions. 

The annual Bible Institute of Bridgewater College. 
\"a., begins Jan. 22 and closes Feb. 2. The program 
will be found on another page. 

Bro. W. L. Hatcher, of Indiana, changes his place 
of residence from Portland to Sunimitville, and takes 
charge of the Summitville church. 

Bro. Carl W. Raeick, of Indianapolis, Ind., called 
at the Messenger sanctum a few days ago. This was 
his first visit to the Publishing House. 

Bro. Reuben Shrover devoted two weeks to evan- 
gelistic work at the Union church, Ind., closing on 
Christmas evening with five accessions. 

Bro, D, M. Adams, of Scalp Level, Pa,, should now 
be addressed at Cerro Gordo, III, He entered upon 
his pastoral work, at the latter place, the beginning of 
the year, 

By special request we are publishing, on another 
page, the announcement of the Bible Term at Eliza- 
bethtown College, Pa,, beginning Jan, 11 and continu- 
ing ten days, 

Bro, Galen B, Royer, who has just returned from 
Cerro Gordo. Ill,, reports a very interesting Bible In- 
stitute, which lasted four days. In the Institute work 
he was assisted by Bro. Jas, M, Moore, of Chicago, 

We are requested to repeat the announcement of 
the dedication of the new church at 807 Coburn Street, 
Akron, Ohio, Jan, 21, beginning at 10: 30 A. M. Bro! 
James Murray, Chairman of the District Mission 
Board, will deliver the address. 

Bro. D. L. Mohler, of Leeton, Mo., called at the 
Messenger sanctum on Tuesday of this week. He 
was on his way home from Camden, Ind., where he 
had spent eight days in a Bible Institute. He spoke 
very highly of the members at Camden, and the Chris- 
tian spirit they manifest. 

Bro. T. G. Rover writes us from the Maple Grove 
church, Ind., saying that he had just spent a week's 
hard work in a Bible and Sunday-school Institute, and 
had baptized four Sunday-school scholars. At pres- 
ent he is at Bourbon, and next week goes to North 
Manchester for a fortnight. 

During the revival at Rock Creek, Kans., conducted 
by Bro. C. S. Garber. seven were added to the fold. 

At Coulson, Va., five came out on the Lord's side as 
the fruits of a series of meetings held by Bro. Joseph 

Last week Bro. I\Ioses Deardorff began a series of 
meetings in the Lamed church, Kans., six miles south 
of the city. 

The series of meetings in Woodbury, Baltimore, 
Md.. conducted by Bro. B. B. Garber, closed with six 

On another page we are publishing the announce- 
ment of the Juniata College Bible Institute, beginning 
Jan. 12 and closing Jan. 21. 

Sister Ida C. Shumaker, one of our missionaries to 
India, is contributing some interesting articles to the 
Mej'ersdale, Pa„ Republican, her home paper. She 
has a very fascinating way of telling about her recent 
visit to a pagan temple, on the summit of an historic 
mountain in sight of Bulsar, 

Bro. Andrew Hutchison, who may now be ad- 
dressed at 3207 Monitor Avenue, Los Angeles, Cal., 
says that he is planning to remain on the Pacific 
Slope until the early part of April, and will then move 
on toward York, Pa., preaching at such points on the 
way as may be arranged for. He hopes to reach Yoi-k 
in time fOr the Annual Meeting. 

Bro. Chas. W. Eisenbise, our agent at Kingsley, 
Iowa, writes us that last year fifteen copies of the 
Messenger went to his congregation, but this year the 
paper will go into fifty homes, — practically every 
member in the congregation having"access to it. This 
IS certainly a fine showing, and tells what can be done 
when a thorough can\-ass is made. We are grateful 
for the increase. 

The editor of one of our exchanges says that most 
of the effective preachers come from weak churches. 
If this is true, then weak churches may be deserving 
more credit than they have been receiving. But we 
are wondering how the theory fits the Church of the 
Bi-ethren, Do most of our efficient workers come 
from weak congregations, and from families of little 
note ? There may be something in the theory, 

Bro, Chas, W, Eisenbise, Kingsley, Iowa, who was 
with the W, R, Miller party, captured by the Bedouins 
south of the Dead Sea, Palestine, permits us to read a 
letter from the United States consul at lerusalem. 
wherein it is stated that the claims of the party, on 
account of losses sustained in consequence of robbery, 
have not yet been settled by the Turkish Govern- 
ment, and that the outlook for such a settlement is not 
promising. He also says that the claims of Mr. Forder, 
guide of the party, have not been settled, the report 
to the contrary, notwithstanding.. 

We notice that Bro. M. W. Emmert, of Mount 
Morris College, is to hold a Bible Institute at Mount 
Carroll, this State, beginning Jan. 12 and continuing 
three days. A Bible Institute should be held in every 
congregation in the District, lasting from one week 
to ten days, and the church at IMount Carroll is to be 
commended for the step taken, even if her Institute is 
to continue but a few days. Our churches are not 
making enough of Bible Institute work. Series of 
meetings are good, but they will accomplish only the 
more if prefaced or supplemented with some good Bi- 
l)le Institute eflforts. 

We are told of a minister in one of the States, east 
of Illinois, who is doing his best to have people believe 
that all churches are man-made, and that Jesus has no 
regularly-organized church. The idea is to have men 
and women profess religion, and then turn them adrift, 
so far as church organizations are concerned. Intelli- 
gent people, who believe what is in the New Testa- 
ment, usually pay no attention to preaching of this 
sort. All one needs to do, to settle the question in his 
own mind, is to turn to the word "church," in any 
.good concordance and see how often it is mentioned 
by the inspired writers. It is named not less than 100 
times. We read about the church at Jerusalem, at 
Rome, at -\ntiocli. at Ephesus, and about the Seven 
Churches of Asia, to say nothing of the scores of oth- 
ers referred to either directly or indirectly. How any 
one can honestly believe what is carefully recorded in 
the Word of God, and yet affirm that all churches of 
every class are man-made, is certainly one of the mys- 
teries. .And, — wdiat is still more mysterious, — some, 
who claim to understand the New Testament, will per- 
mit such false teaching to disturb them. 

A minister writes us that he' sometimes officiates at 
love feasts, ivhere he sees sisters at the table wearing 
gold rings and other articles of jewelry, and wonders 
what is his duty under the circumstances. Should he 
early seek an opportunity properly to instruct such sis- 
ters in the way of the Lord more perfectly, or should 
he permit them to go on violating the Scriptures un- 
rebuked? He realizes that we are living in an age 
when it is thought wise to permit the devout and err- 
ing to dwell together in the church, and leave the 
separating of the faithful from the wayward wholly 
to the angels. He knows that it is becoming unpopu- 
lar for a pastor to rebuke, even in the mildest possible 
form, cultured sisters who disregard the instructions 
of Paul and Peter respecting Christian adornment. 
He is an honest man, and under the circumstances 
hardly knows what to do. We would advise him to 
consider what James says (5: 20) : " Let him know, 
that he which converteth the sinner from the error of 
his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a 
multitude of sins," One" who disregards the plain 
teachings of the New Testament, respecting the wear- 
ing of jewelry, certainly is a sinner in one sense at 
least, and needs to lie converted. Then Paul says, 
" Woe be unto me if I preach not the Gospel," Possi- 
bly the pastor in question, as well as some other pas- 
tors, can preach .some unpopular parts of the Gospel 
a little plainer than they have been doing. The man 
appointed by the Holy Ghost to watch over the Lord's 
flock, will not fail to rebuke sin, nor will he neglect 
any of the members of his flock. He will find some 
unpleasant duties, but if he is a faithful steward in 
the house of the Lord, he will ne,glect no duty, how- 
c\-er unpopular or painful the task may be. 

A Message for 1912. 

As representing the interest of the Church of the 
Brethren, the Messenger enters upon another year 
with the purpose and policy of former years. And 
while this is true, it does not mean that we are to be 
content with our present attainments. A paper can 
grow in purpose as well as in policy, and without 
growth there is no such a thing as going on to per- 
fection. So far as the present year is concerned, let 
going on to perfection be at least a part of our plans. 

Never, for a moirient, have we entertained doubts 
regardiiig the principles for which the church stands, 
hut we have thought that in some instances, at least, 
we might put more spirit and zeal into our work. In 
our teachings there should be no lack of concern for 
the New Testament requirements. In fact, our teach- 
ing can never be too thorough along this line. But 

THK GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 

while not neglecting the externals, might it not be a 
splendid policy to gi\'e more attention to the spiritual 
side of our plea? In our judgment we have, in a 
measure, fallen below the mark, respecting the spiritu- 
al side of our teaching and practice. As an advance 
step, the Messenger would suggest that we give fully 
as much attention to the spirit of the principles for 
which we contend as to the principles themselves. A 
movement of this type would certainly be regarded as 
going on to perfection. It would be contending for 
the faith once delivered lo the saints, both in form 
and spirit. 

As another consideration, we suggest the advisabili- 
ty of carefully adjusting ourselves to the conditions 
that we miist meet. Tliere should be no change in our 
plea for the whole Gospel, but we may need to put in- 
to operation better methods of reaching the people 
with our plea. For church government we are splen- 
didly organized, but our organization for work is not 
what it might be. 'XVe are not getting the best out of 
our ministers, nor are we getting the best out of the 
membership of the church. We are probably not get- 
ting as much out of our Sunday-school force as we 
shoiild. Then, there are the Christian Workers, a 
large, undeveloped and untrained force. We are won- 
dering if our District Mission Boards might not be 
brought up to a higher point of proficiency. Tlie op- 
portunities for these boards are marvelous. 

Our schools are practically in their infancy. They 
have grown, that is true, but they have not been devel- 
oped. They have been doing some hard and efficient 
work, but we have not yet decided just what we pur- 
pose doing with them. They can continue to live and 
work; they may even grow. What is the church go- 
ing to do with them? This is one of the questions we 
must dispose of, whether \ve think we are ready for 
it or not. In this connection we may mention the Bi- 
ble work in our schools. The way our young mem- 
bers are taking hold of Bible study is simply marvel- 
ous. It shows what a fine body of young people we 
have in the church, and what attraction the Scriptiires 
have for them. This is a most hopeful outlook for 
the Church of the Brethren. Here is a wonderful op- 
portunity for developing workers for the future. 

The Annual Conference, an old institution among 
us, is unconsciously undergoing changes, and this, too, 
without any intelligent, directing influence. It is sim- 
ply taking care oi itself, and we have no way of know- 
ing just what it may grow into, -during the next gener- 
ation. For more than a century it has been largely 
'judicial, but, in the way of attraction and influence, 
the educational feature is gaining the ascendency. 
This growth is not being directed ; we are simply let- 
ting it work out its own destiny. Possibly this may 
be the better way, but it is a condition that certainly 
deserves some consideration. 

But our real problems relate to the ministers and 
elders. Ours has been the free ministry system, while 
the care. of the churches has been entrusted to the eld- 
ers, assisted by tlie official body. But our ministerial 
system is undergoing an evolution, and is gradually 
working out a policy of its own. The supported min- 
istry is becoming the rule in a number of the State 
Districts, just as fast as suitable men can be secured 
to take charge of the pastoral work of churches. This 
not only curtails the free ministry policy, but it meas- 
urably affects the eldership and the official board. As 
regards tiie supported ministry, it is with us to stay, 
and we can do no more than to regulate it. But the eld- 
ership and the oflicial board need attention. Church 
discipline and the feeding of the flock, subject to the 
counsel of the church, however, ought to be directed by 
the local elders and the official board, consisting of the 
_ ministers and deacons. The pastor, when permanent- 
ly located, should become an active assistant, and 
when an elder, may very properly be regarded as the 
logical leader. But what we are saying on the point 
does not clear the atmosphere, for the reason that 
some things need to be worked out along this line. 

Our foreign mission work is one of the great prob- 
lems on our hands. We now have fifty missionaries 
in the foreign field, with indications that we are to 
have more as soon as they can be procured and pre- 
pared. This means increased appropriations for the 
support of the workers, and the work in which they 

are engaged. It means even more, for we must soon 
have schools, in some of these foreign fields, to edu- 
cate and prepare native workers. It is not wise to de- 
pend wholly on American workers. We ought to have 
scores of well-indoctrinated natives at work, but it is 
going to take time and money to train them. 

But this leads up to the money question, — a ques- 
tion that is already receiving attention. Our work is 
growing, and our giving must also be increased, not 
alone to sustain the work in other lands, but to meet 
the demands of our own home fields, for the work in 
these fields is also enlarging. Not only so, but the 
supported ministry, into wliich we are drifting, will re- 
quire additional funds. All of this not only calls for 
greater liberality, but it calls for more education and 
system along these lines. 

We must not overlook the great, undeveloped 
strength there is in the laity. A more faithful body 
than that represented by the laity of the Church of the 
Brethren can not be found in all this country. It is a 
force that, when once set in motion, may accomplish 
wonders. Just how to develop and utilize the force 
to its full capacity is an unsolved problem. 

This message would not be complete did we oot call 
attention to a phase of our temperance movement 
tiiat needs to be handled with wisdom. We have en- 
tered the temperance conflict for the common good of 
humanity, and mean to do what we can to help put 
the saloon out of existence. But in carrying out the pur- 
pose, there is danger of our people being drawn into 
politics. In fact, there are localities where members 
iiave been led to do things, in the interest of partyism, 
that have proven a discredit to the church and the 
nonworldly principles for which she, as a body, stands. 
Just how to throw our full influence on the side of the 
temperance movement, and yet escape political entan- 
glements, is something that has not yet been made 
clear to all of our earnest temperance workers. 

From what we have so far said it will be seen that 
all of our problems are not yet solved; nor have all 
of our methods been worked out. There is still plenty 
for us to do, in the way of adjusting ourselves to pres- 
ent conditions, while still remaining true to our New 
Testament principles. But, while doing this, it stands 
us in hand to labor most earnestly for the unity of all 
of our churches, knowing that united we shall succeed 
with our whole gospel plea, but divided we shall fail. 

in the way of building up the membership of the 
church. Tile net increase will probably exceed that of 
most religious bodies in the United States. 

Accessions for 1911. 

Bro. Edgar M. Hoffer, of Elizabethtown, Pa., 
makes it his business to keep tally on the number of ac- 
cessions to the church reported in the Messenger. 
Here is his report for 1911 : 

Months Baptized 

January : 533 

February 308 

March 342 

April, 336 

May 277 

June, 254 

July 294 

August 444 

September, 506 

October, 531 

November, 702 

December, 690 

Total 5,217 

During the year there were reclaimed,.. 302 

Total baptized and restored 5,519 

These figures do not measure up with the figures 
given by Bro. John H. Topper for 1910. He reported 
6,037 baptized and 361 reclaimed, making a total of 
6,389 ; .or 879 more than reported by Bro. Hoffer for 
this year. We also have a report from Bro. Topper 
for 1911, in which he says there were 6.887 baptized, 
and 37S restored to fellowship. His figures, we think, 
are rather large. Our accessions, all told, for the year, 
hardly exceed 6,000, — not as large as reported for some 
years, and yet larger than reported for others. This 
means about six accessions for each congregation. 
Not making any allowance for deaths, or the loss of 
members by expulsion or otherwise, we have a gain of 
a little over five per cent. The net gain, of course, 
would be another question. While the increase is not 
what we would he pleased to see, still it means much 

An Idea. 

We hear much said about ideas. We all have them 
at times. At least we say so. and we have them. 
Some may be very crude and undeveloped, even in 
our own mind. One of the old and, perhaps, one of 
the shortest definitions of what an idea is, is " a men- 
tal image." It is a thing that we create in our own 
mind. It is visionary and will remain so until it is de- 
veloped into a tangible form, so that it can be seen and 
made real to the liuman senses. The interesting part 
about ideas is the development of them. As long as 
they remain mental images they can be of no benefit 
to any one outside of the satisfaction that the mental 
vision of them gives to the one that creates them. 
There are a great many ideas wliich never get beyond 
this stage. We often speak of visionary people. They 
arc men and women who are continually hatching out 
ideas that tliey do not and can not make tangible and 
real. Tlie images they have are not developed suffi- 
ciently to make them comprehensible to others, and 
therefore can have no value. And yet, from ideas 
have grown all the inventions and practical things in 
all ages, that have been for the betterment of the 

The other day we read an interesting Christmas 
story, in which a kind-hearted old colored man prom- 
ised to get for a poor family of white children a "reg- 
ular nigger Christmas." This brought so much joy and 
expectation to the hearts of the little people that he 
was determined they should not be disappointed. 
Tiiey asked so many questions as to what this " nigger 
Christmas " was made up of, naming such things as 
they had heard of as belonging to a treat of this kind. 
.'Vmong other things they asked, "Can we have snow?" 
" Yis. chillin," he said, "you shall have snow and plen- 
ty of it." " Yis," he soliloquized, " dey hopes to have 
a 'regular nigger Christmas' as fine as de ones up norf. 
snow included." 

Now. as tiiey lived down soutii, there was no chance 
for snow, so the old colored man was puzzled as to 
what he would do. While firing his boiler at the salt 
mill, he was planning how to get the snow. All at 
once he commenced laughing and singing, " I's got an 
idea," and the problem was solved. Lying around in 
the salt mill were heaps and heaps of salt white as 
snow. Having this mental image before him, he went 
to work and materialized his idea into snow, so that 
on Christmas night he had ready, for the white-faced 
" chillin that had come down from de norf," a full- 
fledged " nigger Christmas," with the snow included, 
— the development of an idea after the same process 
by which men and women of advanced culture do the 
same thing. 

Sometimes we call these ideas that come to us, 
air, castles, because they expand so rapidly that they 
burst, and there is nothing left. Did you ever have a 
good time in blowing soap bubbles, seeing them soar 
upward and then disappear? Well, this is a good pic- 
ture of many of the ideas that come to us; but not all, 
else we would be a set of heathen today without any 
of the magnificent, materialized ideas that have 
brought to us worlds of blessings, — so many that we 
fail either to number or appreciate them. 

But let us come down to our own personal experi- 
ences and see if they will not prove very interesting to 
us. Of course, our ideas come to us as an outgrowth of 
what the development of our senses bring in. Had 
we no sense we, of course, could have no ideas. They 
do not grow as do acorns, apples and nuts, on trees. 
Some ideas come with vividness and force, but are of 
slow growth and are shy bearers. One main idea, in 
some cases, gives a man a sufliciency to engage his at- 
tention and energies during all his lifetime. Such 
ideas, however, often give birth to attendant ideas 
which are accordant, and grow up together as a beau- 
tiful whole. Of this kind of ideas, like angels of light 
and blessing, we have had many, and we have great 
reason to thank God for them. 

Years ago ay idea came to us wliich proved to be 
the mainspring of our life. This idea was the pubhsh- 
ing of a religious paper, into which we entered with all 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 

the energfies and powers of our mind and body. In 
the development of this idea, two more came to us, — 
one the organizing of a home or local church, the oth- 
er that of building up a church school. In the devel- 
oping of these we united with others who held similar 
ideas and, like the disciples of old, in the upper room, 
we worked together with one accord. Through the 
blessing of God and Divine Guidance, we continued in 
the development of these ideas; and they grew, and 
continued to grow, into a very happy and significant 

It was during the time of these developments that 
our good brother, U'ilbur Stover, caught the idea of 
foreign misions. So mightily did the idea and spirit 
take hold upon him that there was nothing else he 
could do that would ease his conscience or satisfy his 
soul. We, with a large number of others in the 
church, caught his idea, or vision, and said, " We will 
help in developing this idea." 

Others also caught the religious publishing idea and 
the church school idea. Men, during the process of 
development, seeing that we were all working along 
the same line and for the same purpose, said : " Let 
us unite our efforts and make a strong push, a steady 
push, and a long puslyto tear down the strongholds of 
sin, and build up mightily the kingdom of Jesus Christ 
in this world." And we did it and, God helping us, 
let us continue to do it. 

Now. as a closing thought, let us see what we have, 
as the outgro\A'th of these ideas, in the course of their 
development. We have a large and well-equipped 
Publishing House. We have some nine or ten church 
schools and colleges. We have strong and well-or- 
ganized Home and Foreign Missionary Boards. We 
have a growing church, with improved church build- 
ings. Sunday-schools, Bible classes and trained teach- 
ers, prayer meetings and Christian Workers' Meet- 
ings. It does seem to us that we have great reasons 
to be encouraged, as we see and remember what the 
Lord has done for us. And as new ideas and new 
visions come to us, let us carefully examine them, to 
be sure that they are from the Lord, and then push 
ahead in the Lord's work, so that it may be said of us : 
" Our sons and our daiighters are prophesying, our 
old men are dreaming dreams, and our young men are 
seeing visions." h. b. b. 

31. How May Christians Manifest Joy? 

32. What Do With Members Who Persist in Absenting- 
Themselves from Church Services for Months at a Time? 

Topics for Articles. 

Since a number of our good thinkers would like 
to have topics on which to write, we suggest the fol- 
lowing : 

1. Why I Believe the Bible. 

2. Why I Belong to the Church of the Brethren. 

3. When Is a Man Converted? 

4. How Did Christ and the Apostles Manage Their 

5. The Second Coming of Christ. 

6. When Is One Justified by Faith? 

7. What Is Faith? 

8. How May One Know He Is Converted? 

9. What Is New Testament Simplicity? 

10. In What Way Is Christ the Friend of Sinners? 

11. The Distinction Between the Church and the 
World—What It Should Be. 

12. In What Way Does the Doctrine of Nonconformity 
Apply to Our Homes? 

13. What Is the Baptism of the Spirit? 

14. Does the Spirit Speak to Us Direct, or Through 
the Word? 

15. What Is Repentance? 

16. In What Way Does a Good Education Help a Min- 

17. How Best Manage Where There Are Several 
Preachers in a Congregation? 

18. When Is One. in the Light of the New Testament, 
Sound in the Faith? 

19. Will We Know Each Other in Heaven? 

20. How Can Sisters' Aid Societies Do Most Good? 

21. How Revive the Run-down Churches? 

22. What Can the Laity Do to Help the Church? 

23. In What Way Does Christ's Blood Cleanse from 

24. What Arc Good Church Manners? 

25. What Is Essential to an Ideal Love Feast? 

26. Hov/ Can the Family Altar Be Restored? 

27. What Class of Tracts Do Most Good in Mission 

28. Best Method of Raising Money for Church Ex- 

29. What Is a Doctrinal Sermon? 

30. What Does the New Testament Teach Regarding 
the Posture in Prayer in Public Worship? 

Sister Churches. 

Can we consistently refer to churches of other denom- 
inations as sister churches? 

Churches of the same denomination are sister 
churches, but those of different denominations are not. 
All Methodist churches are sister churches, but a Bap- 
tist church does not regard a Methodist congregation 
as a sister church. In fact, the only way for a Method- 
ist church to be regarded as a sister church among the 
Baptists is for all of the adult members to be im- 
mersed. It will be noticed that the Catholic bishops 
do not refer to Protestant churches as sister churches, 
nor -are Protestant ministers disposed to speak of the 
Catholics in that manner. There is no more reason for 
our people referring to the churches of other denomi- 
nations as sister churches, than there is for regarding 
the daughters of different families as sisters. Since 
we will not receive members of other churches with- 
out rebaptizing them, will not commune with them, 
nor permit them to commune with us, it is a grave 
piece of inconsistency to designate their churches 
as sister churches. Sisters in the flesh spring from the 
same family, and not from different families. This 
principle is true as it applies to churches. The cus- 
tom of calling churches of different denominations 
"sister churches " comes from a false notion regarding 
Christian charity. Such churches may, in a sense at 
least, be neighboring churches, and it would be proper 
to so designate them. However much they may differ,, 
they can be neighborly, and that, too, without having 
any special dealings with each other in church matters. 
.MI churches should be one in Christ Jesus, but this 
can never happen until they are all moved by the one 
Spirit to accept the " one Lord, one faith and one bap- 
tism," set forth in the New Testament. 

Our Neighbors' Lights. 

Theue are plenty of people wlio spend more time 
looking around to see if their neighbors are letting 
their light shine than they ever think of devoting to 
their own light. In fact, they get so busy looking 
after the lights of others that they do not know wheth- 
er their own is shining or not. Each Christian man is 
expected to look after his own lighthouse, and keep 
his light burning so brightly that liis neighbors can 
see his good works without having them specially 
pointed out. The Master did not tell his followers to 
concern themselves so much about their neighbors' 
lights as actually to forget their own, but he said: 
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see 
your good works." When we let our light shine we 
may rest assured that others will follow our example. 
True, we may naturally be concerned more or less 
about the lights of others, but most people have all 
they can see after properly if they give their own 
lights the needed attention. And what is true of them, 
in this particular, may be true of their next-door 
neighbor. ^^—^-^^^^.^ 

When the Lord Gets the Best. 

The reason some men of only ordinary talent ac- 
complish much for the Lord is because the Lord gets 
all there is in them. . They dedicate themselves wholly 
to the Master, and serve him with soul, mind and 
body. Men of fine ability often divide themselves up, 
dedicating themselves to business, literature, society 
and religion. In this case the Lord may get one- 
fourth of what is in such men, literature another 
fourth, business one-fourth, while the other fourth 
goes to society. Such men may be strong and bril- 
liant, but for the Lord's cause they are not as valuable 
as fully consecrated workers of even half the ability. 
The reason the world succeeds is because there are 
plenty of people who give their full strength to the 
interest of the world. Whenever the church can com- 
mend a body of men who will give all there is in 
them to the cause they represent, then the religion of 
Jesus Christ is going to prosper as it never prospered 
before. With a large per cent of church members di- 
viding up tiieir strength, giving half to their Master 

and tiie other half to some other interest, the Chris- 
tian religion does not have a fair chance, even at the 
hands of its friends. The church needs more whole- 
hearted men and women, such as are willing to dedi- 
cate themselves fully to the Lord, and give him all 
there is in them. 

Visit of the Wise Men. 

It is" remarkable how little some well-informed peo- 
ple know about some parts of the New Testament. 
As wide-awake a paper as the Ram's Horn, in its 
Christmas number, published a picture of the Wise 
Men presenting their gifts to the child Jesus in the 
stable where he was born, whereas the gifts were not 
presented until months after the incidents of the 
stable occurred. It is said, in Matt. 2: 11, that when 
the Wise Men reached Bethlehem, they found the 
child with his mother in tiie house. It would appear 
that soon after the birth of Jesus, Joseph secured 
ample accommodations in a house for his little family, 
where they set up housekeeping. About forty days 
later the child was taken to the temple at Jerusalem, 
to be presented to the Lord, as it was the custom of 
the Jews. After this the family returned to their tem- 
porary home at Bethlehem, where they were found by 
the Wise Men. During the nighf following this visit, 
Joseph took the young child and his mother and de- 
parted for Egj'pt, and a year or two later, returned to 
his permanent home ,at Nazareth, where the child 
grew to manhood. 

Absence of Queries. 

Glancing over the Minutes of the District Meeting 
of Southeastern Kansas, held last October, we note 
that no mention is made of queries and for that rea- 
son we infer that there were none presented for con- 
sideration. A meeting of this sort should be none the 
worse off on account of the absence of queries, pro- 
vided due and intelligent attention is given to other 
matters of importance. As the years come and go we 
may expect fewer questions regarding church policy, 
while more attention will be given to pushing out 
along the lines of our approved activities. Our peo- 
ple are becoming well unified. We are understanding 
each other better than we did a decade ago, and after 
a few adjustments of some of our minutes, that are 
practically obsolete, and a little evening up of things, 
here and there, we shall be in a position for some ag- 
gressive w^ork, that will make our District Meetings 
exceedingly interesting. 

Marks of Confidence. 

One of the congregations in the Northwest recently 
did a sensible thing. A choice was held for a minis- 
ter, and the lot fell on a y,oung brother who happened 
to be absent, attending school. The elder of the con- 
gregation where the newly-elected minister was at- 
tending school was instructed to have the young 
brother installed, and this was attended to- with as lit- 
tle delay as possible. This shows that the congrega- 
tion had confidence in the young brother, and- was 
willing to trust the installation services to others. It 
is far better than for the brother to have been called 
to the ministry while away from his home congrega- 
tion. Were more work of this kind done, congrega- 
tions in which our schools arc located, would never 
feel disposed to set temporary students apart to the 
work of the ministry. 

Sickness a Blessing. 

One time when Spurgeon was sick, and grew ex- 
tremely anxious to get before his people, he said, that 
if he ever got back to the pulpit again, he was going 
to eliminate from his addresses every shade of em- 
bellishment, and preach the plain. Simple Gospel. If 
a spell of sickness does this much good for a preacher, 
then it would be a splendid thing if hundreds of minis- 
ters could be blessed with some sickness. They need 
something to induce them to preach the plain, simple 
Word of God, as the great Master intended it should 
be preached. Oratorical embellishments may charm 
and delight men and women, but they do not convert 
the sinner from the error of his way. 

THK GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 



D. Ir. Miller, Chairman Mt. Morris, III. 

H. O. Early, Vlcc-Cliairman Penn Laird, Va. 

G-alen B. Boyer, Sec. and Treas Elgin, III- 

It. W. Teeter, Hagerstown, Ind. 

Cbas. D. Bonsaob, Union Bridge, Md. 

J. J. Tfoder, McPherson, Konsas. 

Oeaeral SUssion Board, mgin, HI. 


Delhi's " Festivities. 

The Delhi Durbar is close at hand and all India is astir, 
It is reported, that Bombay has almost doubled her popu- 
lation for a few days. Thousands have entered the city 
to give a royal welcome to King George and Queen Mary. 
Elaborate decorations have been arranged, as well as an 
extensive program. But at Delhi the most important 
events of the royal visit are staged. Neither money nor 
labor has been spared to make the event a grand success 
and to make a lasting impression on the minds of the 
people of India. 

Sad, however, to think that, at the same time when 
thousands of dollars are spent on royal balls and festivi- 
ties, there will be millions of people in want in the famine- 
stricken districts. However, because of the scarcity of 
fodder, etc., the army maneuvers have been restricted. No 
doubt the whole event will tend to strengthen the arm of 
the British Raj in India, and help much to win the confi- 
dence of the people. 

Scarcity of Feed for Cattle. 

Never, since coming to India, have we seen so many 
cattle as we have during the past few months. There be- 
ing a great scarcity of fodder over a very large area to 
the north of us, has brought thousands of cattle to these 
parts. First they were taken into the forests, but neither 
cattle nor man cou-ld stand the change of climate, and the 
malaria season. Thousands of cattle have been deserted 
by their owners, while many have 'died. Others were 
brought out of the forest, which soon caused Songhad 
and Vyara to become overstocked, and the public grazing 
lands eaten bare. Quife a number of extensive Jand-own- 
ers here have taken cattle for the half, agreeing to pasture 
them till the coming rain's next June. 

A Brahman's Degradation. 

So many cattle coming into these parts, has made it 
hard for tlie people who are living here. Often their 
crops are destroyed. In some localities it has been so bad 
that the people could not put out their winter crops. One 
of our Christians had a plot of rice entirely destroyed. 

Lately a Brahman Desai came to us. Formerly he was 
a wcU-respected employe of the Government, receiving a 
good salary. Few men in this District are better known 
than he is. But his story is a sad one. Like many an- 
other, he fell into the devil's trap. His work led him into 
the devil's den, the liquor shop, and little by little he 
formed the habit of drinking. In time he resigned his 
position and went to farming. His wife died, whereupon 
he fell into the ways of the common people, becoming 
with them a drunkard. He also took to taking ganji and 
opium, His chattel property slipped out of his fingers and 
now, at best, he lias but a small farm, a yoke of oxen and a 
cart. Few men have opened up to us their life history as 
this man has. He says that he is on his last pegs, that 
there is no hope for him in Hinduism, and that he comes 
to us, realizing that his only hope is in Christianity. Of 
course it is not hard to see that circumstances have driv- 
en him to us, and yet he is a worthy object for love and 
sympathy. We told him at once that if he comes hoping 
for financial aid, lie had better go, but that if he comes 
seeking salvation and reformation of life, then he can 
stay. Here, in my office, he at once tore his sacred thread 
and handed it to me, saying that he had no use for it any 
longer. We are giving the man a chance to prove his 

A Glorious Meeting, 

Last Sunday was a big day for us here. We had, for 
- some time, been thinking that it would be well for us to 
call our Christians together from tlie villages, occasion- 
ally. Not having any room large enough, we built an ar- 
bor. We arranged to have our first meeting the last Sun- 
day of this month. Several came in froni Songhad, oth- 
ers from Vyara and surrounding villages, while several 
dozen came in with Bro. Nathaohai, from Karanjvel, and 
the villages on that side. After Sunday-school and preach- 
ing services we gave them a maund, — 40 pounds, — of rice 
and dhal, which they cooked, and all together, as one 
family or village, ate heartily. Our first thought was to 
have each one bring his own food, but in order to keep 
down caste prejudice and localisms, we thought it best 
to give them their food, the first few l^nes. 

While the food was being prepared, we gathered to- 
gether those who were applicants for baptism. Much of 
the time was spent in giving them further instruction, and 
preparing them for the temptations and opposition sure 
to come. After all had eaten, we came to the arbor, and 
listened to a good, spicy talk from Bro. Vishwasbhai, in 
the Gamterda latiguagc This is, in the main, a corrupted 

form of the Gujerati. There is enough difference, how- 
ever, that a stranger, though knowing the Gujerati, would 
have some difficulty to understand the people when talk- 
ing among themselves. Then we had the usual service 
prior to baptism, but adapted to conditions. We next 
proceeded to the river bank, where baptism was adminis- 
tered by the writer to seventeen. Some of these are 
bright and promising, while others are like some I have 
seen at home, — of the type that do not make so much 
spiritual advancement. These seventeen came from six 
different villages. A very pleasing thing to us was to see 
all, excepting one or two of those formerly baptized at 
Karanjvel, at this meeting. 

Opposition of a Village Official. 

The Parsees, Varnia, and village officer, had heard of 
the proposed meeting, and tried their best to keep the 
people from coming. The latter called the villagers on 
Friday, and kept them sitting around all day, without 
transacting any business whatever. His aim was to catch 
them on Sunday, but the people arose early and cleared 
out before he got a chance to call them. 

This village officer has had it his own way for a long 
time. Were we anxious to cause him trouble, we could 
find plenty of witnesses, but this we will not do unless 
he persists in stirring up opposition. A. W. Ross. 

Vyara, Surat, India, Dec. 1. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

The Following Notes, Crowded Out of Last Issue, Are 
Given Space on This Page. 
Chico. — We closed a series of mectlng=5 last evening, that 
liad been in progress since Thanksgiving Day. Eld. A. Hutrh- 
Ison conducted the meetings and gave us strong gospel ser- 
mons. A.s an immediate result we had three additions during 
the meetings, and today several more are ready to come Into 
the church. The good seed that has been sown wlU certainly 
bring a still greater harvest. We closed the meetings with a 
communion service, — the first of the kind ever held In Chico. 
The house was filled with very attentive and earnest lookerson, 
and deep Impresslon.s were made on the minds of the people. 
Joy and gladness was added to our communion service by 
the presence of a number of our brethren and sisters from the 
Live Oak congregation. Among them were Brethren PuUen, 
Hartman and Hylton.— Bertha G. Kerr, R. D. 2. Chlco, Cat., 
Dec. 18. 


Fairview. — Our council was held Dec. 3, witli our elder, Bro, 
M, N. Rensberger. presiding. Our Sunday-school officers were 
elected for one year, with Bro, W. H. Heckman as superin- 
tendent. Two letters have been granted since our council, — 
Jennie L. Hecltman, Mutrle, Sask., Can., Dec, 22. 

Eleasant Valley,- — Our church met in special council Dec. 18, 
Bro, Geo. Strycker and wife were with u':. It was one of the 
most pleasant council.s the writer was ever privileged to at- 
tend. Sister Ida Brubaker being unable to attend, the meet- 
ing was held at her home for her special benefit. She was 
also anointed just prior to the meeting, Bro, Peter Brubaker 
was advanced to the eldership. The church decided to elect 
a minister and a deacon. The lot fell on Bro. A. J. Brubaker as 
minister, and Bro, Elmer Frantz as deacon. They, with Bro. 
Peter Brubaker and his wife, were installed Into otfice by Bro. 
Strycker. The church chose Brethren J, N. Overhultz and 
Peter Brubaker as her presiding elders for the next two years, 
Bro. Strycker gave us three Interesting sermons, which were 
much appreciated.— Hannah F, Dunning, Bulla Head, Alberta, 
Canada, Dec. 19. 


Cenro Gordo. — Our council was held Dec. 16. The following 
oflicers were elected for 1912; Sunday-school superintendent, 
Harry Leedy; president of Christian Workers' Meeting, Herbert 
W. Mohler: corresponding secretary (Messenger correspond- 
ent). Anna Leedy. A resolution favoring international arbitra- 
tion was adopted. Revival meetings are to begin Jan. 14. Bro, 
J, W. Lear, wVio has been pastor of this church for eight con- 
secutive years, and elder for four, closes his work at the end 
of this year, to be succeeded hy Bro. D. M. Adams, of Scalp 
Level, Pa, We aro praying for an onward and upward move- 
ment in the Master's cause for the coming year. — Cyrus Wal- 
lick. Cerro Gordo, 111., Dec. 20. 

Mansfield. — Our church met in council Dec. 23, with Bro. 
S. G. Nickey presiding. Officers were elected for the new year, 
Bro. Taylor Combs was elected Sunday-school superintendent; 
Sister Mamie Lyklns, president of the Christian Workers" 
Meeting: Sister Ruth Swart^. church clerk. Bro. Nlckoy ex- 
pects to move to Nebraska soon, hence another elder was chos- 
en to take his place.— John J. Swartz, Mansfield, III., Dec. 24, 

SterHng. — We met in regular members' meeting on the even- 
ings of Dec. 11 and 18. Bro. Chas. Cosey was chosen Sunday- 
school superintendent, and Sister Mabel Snavely. secretary. 
Our Sunday-school missionary is Sister Llllie Frantz. A num- 
ber of church officers were also supplied. The outlook for the 
-work i.'^ encouraging. We had a Christmas program today 
which was well attended. We are planning for a temperance 
program in the spring. Our church might well make '•tem- 
perance Sunday" a special day in every quarter. — Llllie A. 
Frantz. SlOl^ Ninth Avenue. Sterling. III.. Dec. 24. 


G-miiidy County church held her council Dec. 20, our elder. 
Bro. I, W, Brubaker. presiding. One letter was granted. We 
expect our series of meetings, in connection with Bible work, 
to begin Jan, 7. Bro. J. F. Souders assisting us, Bro. C. 
E. Schrock was reelected superintendent of our Sunday-school. 
Sunday morning, Dec. 24. the services will bo given to Christ- 
mas thoughts and work, and in the evening, at Christian 
Workers' Meeting, there will be similar exercises. On Christ- 
mas Day a sermon on the same subject will be given. We are 
making preparation to build a new house of worship, here at 
the main church, and shall try to get more help in the minis- 
try at Grundy Center. Our Thanksgiving offering of over $42 
was sent to the Minneapolis Mission. Last Sunday an offering 
of over S17 was taken for St. Joseph, Mo. Wo are now in the 
midst of a singing class, which Is quite well attended, con- 
ducted by Bro. D. R. Beard. — Hannah C. Messer, Grundy Cen- 
ter, Iowa, Dec. 22. 

Pantlier. — Our council convened Doc. 16. Church and Sun- 
day-school officers were chosen for the coming year. Bro. J. B. 
Spurgeon was reelected presiding older for two years. The 
emigration spirit is in our midst, and seven families have been 
granted church letters. Bro. Geo, Studebaker began a series 
of vocal music lessons for us, but. on account of ill health. 
had to close and return home. The District Sunday-school 
Institute is to be held In this church sometime during Jan- 
uarv, with Bro. G, M, Lauver, of Bethany Bible School, aa 
instructor. We anticipate a large attendance and some earnest 
work.— A. M. Stine, Adel. Iowa, Dec. 18. 


rallB city.— The primary scholars of the Sunday-school 
gave their Christmas program tiiis morning, and were given 
a treat. Through the earnest efforts of the teacher. Sister 
Blough, the class lias almost doubled its size. Our pastor. 
Bro. W. W. Blough, then gave us an excellent Christmas dis- 
course. It was listened to by a large and appreciative audi- 
ence,— Nellie Knisely, Falls City, Nebr.. Dec. 24. 

Hiiflillne.— Bro. J. J. Tawzer, of Arcadia, Nebr., came to us 
Dee. !), and began a series of meetings. The sermons were 
Interesting and practical. We are encouraged by the prospect 
of having Eld. S. G. Nickey, of Cerro Gordo. Ill,, to locaf- 
here soon. — ICatle E. Hoffert. Moorefleld, Nebr., Dec. 21. 

South Beatrice church met In council Dec. 16. Our elder. 
Bro, Jacob S Dell, presided. Bro. Lee Baughman was chos- 
en superintendent of our Sunday-school for the coming year 
We also met on Thnnksglvlng Tiny for seryJces. We had some 
good talks on the right kind of thank.'igivlng. An offering of 
over $40 was taken, which was divided between the missions 
in Kansas City and Omaha. — Lydla Dell, Beatrice. Nebr., Dec, 


Beech Grove.— Our series of meetings, conducted by Bro 
H, L. Fadftly. closed on Sunday morning, Dec. 17. He preached 
twenty-six very inspiring sermons. Good Interp'^t was mani- 
fested throughout these meetings, resulting In flvo dear ones 
coming out on the Lord'.s side. Others are near the kingdom 
— E. S. Holllngcr, R. D. 1. Hollansburg. Ohio, Dec. 19, 

Hickory Grove. — Our revival services at West Charleston 
closed last Monday evening with a love feast. There was a 
very good representation of the home members, and all en- 
Joyed the meeting, Bro. John Ncher, our revivalist, offlclated. 
He was with us two weeks, and preached eighteen Splrlt-fllled 
sermons. He also did much visiting in the community. Three 
wore biptlzpd,— W. W, Peters, Tippecanoe City, Ohio.' Dec. 24. 

Prices Creek church met In council Dec. 9, with Eld. Joseph 
Lnnganecker presiding. The visiting elders with us were 
Brethren Wm, MInnlch, David Hollinger. and Henry Baker. 
Church officers were elected as follows: Bro, Joseph Longa- 
necker, elder; Bro. W. A. Petry, correspondent, Bro. Wm, 
Glnnt was reelected as a member of ffnanclnl committee. Chris- 
tian Workers' officers wrre elected, with Sister Mandllla Petry 
as president. An election for dencons resulfc-d In the choice 
of Brethren C. A, Baker and W. V. Petry. Thev were duly In- 
stalled by Bro, Wm. MInnicIl. We services on Thanksgiv- 
ing Day. An appropriate sermon was given by Bro. Luther 
Petry, after wliii-h a cnllectlnn of SIR, OB was tnken for the 
benefit of (lie Rethnny Rlble School, — Mrs. Mae Wandle, West 
Manchester, Ohio, Dec. 22. 

Salem church began a series of meetings on the evening of 
Nov. 2(). and closed on Sunday evening. Dec. 17. Bro. Michael 
Flory, of Tlllnnls, assisted in the meetings. He delivered twen- 
ty-six sermins nnd gave one talk to tlio Sunday-school. He 
held forth the Word with simplicity and power. Two were 
burled with Christ in hnpllsm.— Josephine M, Folkerth, Union, 
Ohio, Dec. 21. 

West Bo-Tton church met in coimcll Dec. 21, our elder. D. S, 
Fllhrun, presiding. Elders Aaron Coy, A. L. Kleplnger nnd 
J. W, Beeghly were present. One letter was rccel"ed and seven 
were granted. Bro, W. C. Baker was rei^lecled as church trus- 
tee for five year.s. The following church nnd Sunday-school 
officer.s were elected fllr 1^12: Bro, I, T,. Frhaugh, clrrk: Bro, 
Clias. Van Sooyk, treasurer; Bro, Chester Cooper, Messenger 
agent; the writer, correspondent. Bro, Chas. Vnn Scoyk was 
elected superintendent of the Sunday-school; Sister Maude 
Ashwell. secretary. The Snndny-sobool officers will appoint 
tho librarian and chorister. Prior to our meeting a dear sister 
was received by bnptlsm. — r'ordle Murray, 2020 W. Third 
Street, Dayton. Ohio. Dec. 23. 


et In council Dec. 1 ft, Elder.s N. S. Gripe 
• with Tis nnd gnve their assistance, which 
we appreciated verv much. Bro, Gripe presided over the meet- 
ing. Church and Sunday-school nfficnrs for the coming year. 
were elected as follows: Rrn. N. S, Gripe, f-hler; Bro. .T. R. 
NIningcr, i=;undny-sehnol superlntendonf. Ttvo letters were 
gr,antpd. Bro, Gripe remained with us over Sunday and gave 
us three Inspiring sermons. Next Sunday wc expect to have a 
Chrlstmns program by the children. — Birdie R. Lehman. 
Guthrie, Okla,. Dec. 18, 

Pleasant Plains chur'-h met for eouncll Dec, IR. We elected 
our church officers fir Mie coming year as follows: Rrn. H. 
Booze, elder; L. Bonze, trcnsiirf-r: Sister Kffie Hammcrstead, 
correspondent: Pro. ,T. M. Ford, MessenpcT ngent; Bro, Jacob 
Flke, Sunday-school superintendent. A free-will ofTerlng of 
SB. GO was taken for Bro, James Neff. of California, One letter 
was granted and one received. Rrn T. H. Miller is to begin a 
series of meetings for us Dec. 31. — ^Hulda Prentice, Aline. 
Okla,, Dec. 19. 


Dry Taller- — Our church has been enjoying a feast of good 
things from Nov. 2 to Nov, 17. The meetings were conducted 
by Rro, Frank T>Ightner. He preached some very Instructive 
sermons, and labored very earnestly while among us. There 
were five accessions to the church, and the members h.ave 
been greatly strengthened. Sinners were warned to ffee the 
wrath to come, Bm Llghfner did not shun (o preach the 
whole Gospel In Its primitive purity- — J, D. Elllnger. Maltland. 
Pa,, Nov. 19. 

Ellzahethtewn. — On the evening of Dec. 2 Bro. John C. Zug, 
one of our ministers, opened a aeries of meetings and con- 
tinued until Sunday evening, Dec. 17. We feel that the lalty 
has been greatly Inspired nnd encouraged, and throe young 
people, outside of Christ, have asked for admission Into the 
fold, Dec. 21 we ijiet In church council. After two appeals 
for subscriptions to the new cluirehhouse at Stevens Hill, one 
of our outpnsfs, had been made, wo were .still Indebted to the 
amoimt of $700, This evening our elder, Bro. S. H. Hertzler. 
made a strong plea to meet this debt nnd dispose of the same 
and In less than half an hour the brethren and sisters pledged 
fhemselvcs for sums ranging from $1 to $131), and cleared ail 
the Indebtedness. We certainly rejoice to see so many who are 
willing to contribute so liberally for the King's business, and 
WG surely hope that the efforts at this place may continue to 
Increase,— C. M. Neff, EHzabethtown, Pa.. Dec. 23. 

Botetourt. — Bfo, Isaac Frantz, of Ohio, began a series of 
meetings at Troutvllle Dec. 3, and continued until Dec 19. 
preaching. In all, twenty sermons. The weather was almost 
perfect and such crowds were never seen there before. The 
interest was unbroken. He preached witli great power and 
earnestness. Twenty-three professed faith; seventeen have al- 
ready been baptized, and one awaits the administration of the 
sacred rite. Two were restored. Bro. Frantz endeared him- 
self to many hearts, which was manifest at the closing serv- 
ice. We met In special council at Troutville. Dec, 9, with Eld. 
T. C. Denton, moderator, W^e were grateful for a talk by Bro. 
Frantz. who spoke to us like a father. There was much busi- 
ness In the form of committee work, reports of officers, and 
reelection of officers for the ensuing year. Bro. D. P. Hylton 
was reelected clerk: Bro. R. G. Layman, church treasurer; Bro. 
C. W. Klnzle. mission treasurer. The present correspondent 
was reelected. The special feature of the meeting was the 
perfecting of the organization of our ministerial forces, that 
more effectual work may be accomplished. — Mrs. W K. Murray, 
R. D. 1. Roanoke, Va.. Dec. 21. 

Guthrie church 
and D. F. Crlpe w 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 

Notes From Oar Correspondents 

thirsty soul, fo is good news from a far country 


Kerman.— We left our old heme at NewviHe. N. Dak.. Nov, 
"0 for A new one at this placf. A few miles out from Ker- 
man is the Brethren Colony. There Is a fine country around 
hero, and quite a few members have settled here. One room In 
the schoolhoiise has been arranged for .siorvices, Since we are 
here we have had several special meetings; one on Thanksgiv- 
ing mornintr. when Ero. Betts preached a good Thanksgiving 
-!:ermon In the evening Bro. Bowman gave us a good examina- 
tion sermon, after which thirty-two members surrounded the 
Lord's tables. Bro- Betts officiated. On Sunday after Thanks- 
giving a Thanksgiving program was arranged for the chil- 
dren. The town Sundav-school came out to help. Their ex- 
ercises were in charge of Mr, Sanford. Si'^ter Minnie Sharra.h 
had charge of the exercises here. The little folks did their 
part well and enjoved ft. This was in the morning. In the 
afternoon ire had Sunday-school. The collection that was 
taken Is to be used for Home Missions. Every one present had 
an enjovable day. "We had many things to be thankful for 
during the past year. — Etia Deeter, Kerman. Cat., Dec. 18. 

laton. — I am now in the Oak Grove congregation, I shall 
be here about eight davs.— Jan. 1 to 10. My address will be 
3207 Manitou .\venne. Los Angeles. Cal. If I remain well. 
I am to leave California the early part of April, planning to 
spend a little while at the place I call home (McPherson. 
Kans.l. Then T shall move on toward Tork, Pa. I hope to 
attend the Conference there. My health is good. Jan. 15, 
1912, I Tiill be seventy-six years of age, — A. Hutchison, Laton. 
Cal.. Dec. 23- 

I^on? Beach.— Dec. IE we held our council. It was the time 
for electing a full corps of church officers for the coming 
year. Fid. TV. E. Trestle presided. The newly-elected officers 
were: Bro. Geo. F. Chemberlen, elder: Bro. A. L, B. Martin, 
pastor: Bro. H. V. "Wall, church clerk: Sister Julia Wnll, corre- 
spondent and Messenger agent; Sister Catherine H.irley. Sun- 
dav-school superintendent A full corps of Christian Workers' 
ofHcers was also elected, and also a temperance committee. 
One letter of membership was read, and some letters were 
granted. E!d. J. S. Snlvely filled the appointment on Sunday. 
Dec 17. in Bro. Martin's absence. — J. M. Shively, Long Beach, 
Cal.. Dec. 18. 

Stonyford, — The little band of members at this place en- 
joved a quiet love feast on Saturday evening. Dec. 18, at the 
home of the writer. Bro. I. L. Feightner. of BIk Creek, was 
with us. and assisted In the services. "We have two appoint- 
menta at present. — ^W. E. Whltcher. Stonyford, Ca^.. Dec, 20. 


Jlenver church met in regular council on Thursday evening, 
Dec. 21. with Eld. A. C, Daggett pre'ilding. We decided to hold 
a members' meeting once each month. Our Sunday-school and 
Christian Workers' officers were elected for the coming six 
months. We decided to add the home department and cradle 
roll to our school the first of the year. We decided to pur- 
chase "Kingdom Songs." for our use in the coming revival. 
On the evening of Dec. 24 our Sunday-school gave an Inter- 
esting Christmas program. — Blanche A/ Long, Arvada. Colo., 
Dec. 25. 

Pirst Grand Valley. — Bro. A. C. Root began a revival effort 
at this place Dec. 10. Our love feast was held Dec. IG, which 
was a very enjoyable and .spiritual feast. Many of the mem- 
bers from adjoining churches added to the interest of the 
meeting. Prior to the love feast Bro. A. C. Boot was advanced 
to the full ministry. Elders S. Z. Sharp and J. A. Stouder 
performed the ordination service, after which Eld. A. C. Root 
officiated at the love feast The revival meetings continued 
until the evening of Dec. 24. Bro. Root is an earnest work- 
er in the Master's cause, and gave us interesting sermons. 
There were no accessions, but we trust the good seed sown 
will bring forth fruit later. — D. M. Click, Grand Junction, Colo,. 
Dec. 2S. 

I>owland congregation met In council Dec. 24, with Bro. J. C, 
Groff presldine. As our elder, B. E. ICesler, of River Bend, 
was not present, on account of Impassable roads, we had but 
a small representation, but the meeting passed off very pleas- 
antly and beneficially. New officers were elected for the coming 
year, as follows: Sunday-school superintendent. Homer H. 
Cohun; writinc clerk. Sister Llla Sheldon; church treasurer, 
Bro. Harris Sheldon; chairman of Temperance Committee. Bro. 
R. C. Lake; church correspondent, Sister Sadie Groff; elder. 
E. E. Kesler. — Sadie Groff, Wayne, Colo., Dec. 26. 

Hemdon. — Dec. 9 Bro, J. V. Felthouse began preaching in 
Mr, Howard McKillip's house, the furniture having been tak- 
en out. and seats arranged. Having just received a dozen 
Hymnals from the Rock Run church, Ind.. as a donation, the 
air was filled with music. Couid the contributors have been 
here, they would have been richly repaid for the sacrifice. 
Bro. Felthouse preached powerful sermons, and we were so 
greatly built up that we unanimously agreed to be organized 
into a congregation, and hold a love feast, during the latter 
part of January, 1912.— Isaac Cripe. Herndon, Fla., Dec. 21, 


Pmitland. — As our Sunday-school at this place had ac- 
cumulated considerable surplus cash, the following appropria- 
tions were made last Sunday: Of the general fund S25 was 
appropriated to help in securing carpet for the church aisles. 
Of the missionary fund !20 was appropriated to District Mis- 
sions, and $20 to the Bethany Bible School. We have recently 
organized a teacher-training class, with the writer as teacher, 
and Bro. E. B. Sargent, secretary-treasurer. We have an en- 
rollment of twenty-four to start with." We adopted the Breth- 
ren Edition of "'Training the Teacher" as our textbook. — S. J. 
Kenepp. R. D. 1. Payette. Idaho, Dec. 20. 

Decatur (First Church of the Brethren). — We met in council 
Dec. IS. Bro. George Miller, our elder, was with us; also 
Brethren D. J. Elickenstaff and Turner. Bro. J. W. Lear was 
elected as our elder for one year; Sister Lear, superintendent 
of the Sunday-school: Sister Mary McClure, secretary; the 
writer, superintendent of the home department and church 
correspondent: Bro. Barnhart, president of the Christian Work- 
ers' Meeting; Sister Howard Garber, president of the Sisters' 
Aid Society; Sister Barnhart, assistant. — D. W. Crlpe. 1443 W. 
Dee Street, Decatur. Ill , Dec, 22. 

Martin Creek^-Ero, C. A. Gruber of Jeffersonvtile. Ill,, 
preached at the courthouse In Fairfield Dec. 17, to a very at- 
tentive audience. Bro. G. O. Stutsman Is to preach at same 
place Saturday, Jan. 6. at 7 P. M.. and Sunday. Jan. 7, at 2 
P. M. The interest seems good at this point. — J. J. Scrogum 
Fairfield. 111., Dec. 20. 

Moimt CarroU. — This has been a busy week for us On 
Thursday night Bro. P. R. Keltner, our elder, was with us and 
conducted a business meeting. Officers were elected for the 
Sunday-school. The spirit of the meeting was most excel- 
lent. On Friday afternoon a dear sister was burled with 
Chrl'Tt In baptism. This morning we had our Christmas pro- 
gram. This evening we had talks appropriate to the occasion 
A most profitable hour was speot. Bro. M. W. Emn^ert will be 
■with us Jan. 12. 13 and 14, to conduct a Bible Institute All 
of our servicea are growing In Interest.— Alice Garber, Mount 
Carroll. III.. Dec. 24. 

Polo church met tn quarterly members' meeting Dec, 11, 

with thirty-two members present. All business passed off 
pleasantly, Sunday-school officers were elected for another 
year. Bro. Emmert'. of Mt. Morris College, will hold a Bible 
Institute Jan. 5, G and 7. We are having song practice every 
Friday evening with a good attendance. We are making fine 
progress In slnglng.—Martha S. Gilbert. Box 669. Pplo. 111., 
Doc. 2B. 

Camp Creet. — Bro. .T. W, Kitson. of Ft. Wayne, Ind.. con- 
ducted protracted meetings from Dec. 3 to Doc. 17. He de- 
livered eighteen good sermons, One young lady was baptlzi'd. 
Dec. 20 we held our council. Our collection was S18.30. Bro. 
John W. Shively was reelected as elder of the church, We 
elected our Sunday-school officers, with Sister Ruah Shively 
as superintendent, and Sister Bertha Stahley. secretary. — W. 
E. Shively. R. D. 2. Bourbon, Ind., Dec. 25. 

Port "Wayne. — Last Sunday evening a special Christmas pro- 
gram was held by the Sunday-school scholars. It consisted 
of songs, recitations and essays, and wrtS very interesting, 
about seventy-five taking part. Our school, this year, shows 
a wonderful increase in scholars, there being over twice as 
many scholars as last year at this time. After the program, 
eighty-seven treats, consisting of a box of candy and an 
orarige. were distributed to the scholars. This was one of the 
most successful programs ever held in this church, and the 
members especially wish to thank Sister Katie Neher, who 
has come to work with us, for the earnest and noble wni'k 
she has been doing. — George P. Bender, 1814 Gay Street, Fort 
Wayne. Ind.. Dec. 2G. 

Hnntlngton City church met In council, with Eld. J. D. Mlsh- 
ler presiding. Five letters were read and received, and one 
letter was granted. The report.s of the secretary and treasurer 
were read and accepted. As Sunday-school officers for the 
next six months we elected Bro. Wm, H. Weybrlght. superin- 
tendent; Bro. Elden Shoemaker," secretary. Sister Lulu Paul- 
ing was chosen president of the Christian Workers' Meeting; 
Sister J. B. Bailey, president of our Sunday-school home de- 
'partment. Bro. J. D. Mishler was retained as elder for 1912. 
Bro. Grover L. Wine and wife have charge of the city work. 
Though Bro. Wine and wife may feel somewhat disappointed 
in not going to India, as anticipated, still there is a great field 
of work here In the city, and their help Is needed in Home 
Mission work. — .John B. Bailey, 700 Guilford Street. Hunting- 
ton. Ind.. Dec. 28, 

Lower Pall Creek. — We met in council Dec. 1(5, with Ero. 
Arthur Hoppcs presiding. Brethren J. Shepherd and E. O. 
Norris, of the Beech Grove church, were with us, our elder. 
Bro. Frederick Fessler. having resigned his charge as elder of 
this church, on account of his advanced age. This we regret, 
as he ha-s done a good work for us in the past. Bro. J. Shep- 
he-d was chosen to take his place for one year. Bro. Hoppes - 
prf-ached his last sermon for us Dec. 17, going from here to 
other fields of labor. — Wretha Krall, R. D. 42, Pendleton, Ind., 
Der. 23. 

Upper Pall Creek. — We met in council yesterday, with our 
elder, Bro. L. W. Teeter, as moderator. Officers were elected 
for the work for another year, with Bro. -toward Martin as 
Sunday-school superintendent; Bro, John Miller, church sec- 
retary: Bro. Henry Swain, treasurer; Bro. David Miller, Gos- 
pel Messenger agent: the writer, correspondent. Bro. Swain's 
time, as trea=urer of the cemetery, having expired, he was re- 
elected. Brethren Martin find David Miller are our auditing 
committee. Bro. Teeter offered his resignation as elder of our 
church, as circumstances will not permit him to give us prop- 
er attention. We reluctantly agreed, under the circumstances, 
but asked him to defer the matter until the next council in 
March, to which he readily agreed. We decided to hold our 
spring love feast May 25. 'Wn expect Bro. A. C. Young to hold 
a series of meetings for us at Middletown, beginning Jan. 27. 
W© are looking forward to enjoyable meetings and a spiritual 
feast Bro. Martin preached for us aP Middletown last Sun- 
day. — Florida J. E. Green, Box 125. Middletown, Ind., Dec. 24. 
ilbla,— Eld. Abraham Wolf, of Udell. Iowa, was with us over 
Sunday and preached three inspiring sermons for us, which 
were greatly enjoyed by those present. We are still conduct- 
ing our Sunday-school, and have preaching every Sunday. — 
Samuel Miller. 39 Tenth Avenue West, Albla. Iowa. Dec. 26. 

Coon River. — Our series of meetings, conducted by Bro. D. 
W. Wise, closed last evening. The attendance and Interest 
were good to the last. Bro. Wise's earnest, forceful manner 
of presenting Gospel truths wins admirers wherever he 
preaches. Three were baptized Dec. 24. Others are counting 
the cost. We are hoping and praying for further fruits from 
this effort. — J. D. Hausrhtelln. Panora, Iowa, Dec. 25. 

Iowa Blver.^I am now in the Old Folks' Home near Marshall- 
town. I came here Oct. 25, and like It very much. The breth- 
ren and sisters, as well as the superintendent and his wife, 
are very bind to me. While I am getting old. I am blessed 
with fair health, so that I can be about nearlv all the time, 
We have a beautiful Home here, and I shall try.'by the help of 
God. to feel contented,— Joanna Mason, Marshalltown. Iowa 
Dec. 24. 

Abilene. — Our council was hold at the Navarre house Dec. 
7. with Bro. Geo Manon, our elder, presiding. Five certificates 
of membership were received and two granted. We elected 
church and Sunday-school officers for the coming year. Bro. 
Geo. Manon was chosen as our elder In charge; Bro. C. A. 
Shank, assistant elder; Bro. M. Ohmart. clerk; Bro. David 
Strole. treasurer; the writer, superintendent for the Navarre 
Sunday-school: Bro. Chas. Kauffman, secretary-treasurer. We 
also elected a Sunday-school Board composed of five members, 
— the superintendent and assistant to be members ex officio," 
— which will have charge of our Sunday-school work. We have 
ordered one hundred of "Kingdom Songs" for the Navarre 
house, and expect to have Bro. David Ikenberry, of Quinter, 
Kans,. with us soon, to conduct a singing class. — ^Roy Rock, 
Enterprise, Kans., Dec. 19. 

Independence — We spent the greater part of the past two 
years in the employ of the Mission Board of tlie Southeastern 
District of Kansas, and our association with the Board has 
been pleasant. Willie we had some great discouragements to 
meet, as we went about from place to place, yet we had cause 
for much rejoicing. We have realized, keenly, the need of 
more consecration. We have now closed our work for the 
Mlsilon Board, and will again enter the evangelistic field (the 
Lord willing!,' where we hope to be able to respond lo the 
many calls for revival meetings, which we received during 
the last two years.— Chas. A. Miller. 323 South Eighteenth 
Street, Independence, Kans., Dec. 26, 

, MoPhetaon — Dec. 22 the McPherson Sunday-school enjoyed 
a ■: giving" program. The chapel was tastefully and appro- 
priately decorated. The program pictured, very instructively 
for the children, the scenes of the "Nativity." The cash cof- 
lectlon amounted to S50.75. of which 521 was sent to Bro 
Neff, and JIO to Bro, Frantz, of Wichita, Kans.; the balance- 
less the cost Of shipping the produce, bedding and clothing to 
the Kansas City. Kans., and St. Joseph, Mo., Missions — we 
gave for Home District Mission work. The donations, com- 
prising twenty-six dressed chickens, 250 pounds of flour, and 
bedding and clothing in large quantities, were divided eq'uallv 
between the two Missions,— Sarah W. Harnly. McPherson 
Kans., Dec. 25. 

Paint Creek. — ^We met in council Dec. 23, with Eld. Ruff pre- 
siding. The church voted to retain the present solicitors for 
another quarter. We expect Bro. Yearout to commence our 
series of meetings for us Jan. 13. Dec. 3 a number of the 
members gave a surprise donation party to Bro, Ruff and fam- 
ily. All enjoyed a good, social time, and felt that It was good 
for us to be there. We hope wo may become more united 
and do better work for the church In the future. Dec. 34 the 

Sunday-school scholars were treated to candy and nuts. Our 
school is moving steadily alons:. though the attendance Is not 
so large as It should he. Wo hope for better interest in the 
near future. — Annie Richard. Unlontown, Kans,, Dec. 27. 

Pleasant View. — Nov. 18 Bro. Moses Deardorff began a series 
of meetings. Continuing until Dec. 13, he gave us -twenty- 
nine sermons. While there were no accessions, we know that 
some were almost persuaded. Bro. Deardorff labored earnestly 
and faithfully, and we feel encouraged and strengthened to 
discharge our duties more faithfully. — Wtlmer Keedy, Darlow, 
Kans., Dec. 20. 

Bamona church held her Thanksgiving services as usual, 
An offering of S12 was given to an aged brother and sister. 
The Sunday following Bro. F. C. McCune came to hold a aeries 
of meetings, but, on account of sickness at home, was only 
able to preach eight sermons for us. ^e were very sorry to 
have him leave. The •meetings were well attended and much 
interest was manifested. Three souls accepted Christ, and 
the members were much encouraged. — J, H, Long. Ramona, 
Kans,, Dec. 20. 

Book Creek. — ^Dec. 3 Bro. C. S, Garber, of St. Joseph, Mo., 
commenced a series of meetings, which he continued until 
Dec. 22, closing with a love feast. Thirty communed. Seven 
souls put on Christ. Others were almost persuaded. Dec, 12 
the church met in council. Officers were elected for tho new 
year. Union and harmony prevailed. — J. J. Hoover. Sabetha, 
Kans,. Dec. 26. 

Salem church met In council two weeks ago, and all church 
business was dispo d of satisfactorily. Services were also 
held on Thanksgiving Day, Our Christmas services were a 
grand success. The exercises consisted of recitations by the 
little folks, followed with singlntr by the "Busy Bee" class. 
Then every one was served with Sunday-school Christmas 
candy. We gave our elder, Bro. L. E. Fahrney, a liberal cash 
donation. The " Busy Bee " class also gave him_ $10. — 
Josephine McGonjgle, Nickerson, Kans.. Dec. 28. 

Topeka We met in council Dec. 22. with our elder. C, J. 

Hooper, presiding. Since Bro. Hooper tendered his resignation 
as elder in charge. Bro. I. H. Crist, of Kansas City, wap chos- 
en for one year. Our .Sunday-school officers were also chosen 
for the coming year. Bro. Harley Taylor was elected superin- 
tendent and Sister Eva Symmes, secretar.v. Sister Lena Over- 
street was chosen president of Christian "Workers' Meeting for 
six months. A local committee was appointed to work In our 
city, securing homes for the- homeless and neglected children. 
A donation- of Slfl made to the Child Rescue work. — 
Minnie Mariner. 321 Oakland Avenue. Oakland. Kans., Dec. 26. 

Victor. — Our church met In council Dec. 9. Eld. A. C, Dag- 
gett presided. Three letters of membership were granted. 
We will have our next love feast April 27. It was decided 
to have a course of lectures after our love feast, conducted 
by Bro. Studebaker, of McPherson, Kans., In place of a series 
of meetings In the -spring, and then Iiave a longer series of 
meetings in the fall. Officers for Sunday-school and Christian 
Workers' Meetings were elected. The writer was chosen Sun- 
day-school superintendent: Sister Erma Mjtrtin, secretary; Sis- 
ter Eva Dees, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting; 
Sister yiolet Good, secretary. Our Christian Workers are sup- 
porting a native worker In India. On Thanksgiving Day we 
had a very spiritual service bv Bro. Williams. A collection of 
SIG was taken for Bethany Bible School, of Chicago. We had 
our love feast Dec. 2. Ero. J. H, B, ^Williams, who was con- 
ducting a series of meetings at the time, officiated. The 
tables were well filled with home and visiting members. Bro. 
Williams closed a three weeks' s«rles of meetings last Sun- 
day evening. Our meetings were well attended. We had good. 
spiritual meetings, Bro. Williams was not afraid to preach 
the truth. Many were made to think about their soul's salva- 
tion. — Angenora Dees, R. D. 1. Covert, Kans., Dec. 20. 


Denton. — Nov, 30 we met in Thanksgiving services. Ei'ld. G, 
S. Ralrigh conducted the services. The offering amounted to 
S15.67. Dec. 3 we held our semiannual missionary meeting. 
Eld. J. H. Beer gave us a very helpful sermon. Our mission- 
ary collection amounted to $13. J5. Dec, 17 we held our tem- 
perance meeting. Bro, J. J. John, of Union Bridge, Md.. lec- 
tured for us both morning and evening on "The Evils of the 
Liquor Traffic." and "Why We Should Diligently Work for 
the Temperance Cause." Both lectures were surely very in- 
teresting. — Edna P. Pentz. Tuckahoe, Md.. Dec. 20. 

Meadow Branch — We were favored with a fine day when 
Bro. P. J. Blough, of the Annual Meeting Temperance Com- 
mittee, gave his well-received temperance talk to a large con- 
gregation in our Westminster church Dec. 17. The offering 
of SI0.52 will be devoted to tho furtherance of the temperance 
cause. The writer gave a special talk, recently, to the Meadow 
Branch Sunday-school children on "The Real Christmas 
Spirit." after which 150 pound-boxes of candy were distributed. 
The Messenger agent has been busy with renewals. Our wide- 
awake members seem to think that they can not afford to be 
without the cleanest and best church paper printed. Our Chris- 
tian Workers' Meeting in Westminster recently reorganized 
by electing Bro. John T. Royer, president; Sister Lou Royer, 
secretary. — W. E. Roop, Westminster, Md., Dec, 28. 

"Woodherry (Baltimore). — The church never enjoyed a bet- 
ter series of meetings than we have had for the past two 
weeks. Bro. B. B, Garber was with us In these services, clos- 
ing Dec. 17. Six came out on the Lord's side. Others are 
strongly convicted, but can not, as yet, fully surrender. The 
members received much encouragement to press on in the good 
work. — Maggie Sappington, Baltimore, Md., Dec. 24. 

Snnfleld. — On Thanksgiving Day we had services which were 
much enjoyed. Our elder. H. W. Smith, gave us a good ser- 
mon. Dec. 2 our church met in council, w.lth our elder, H, W. 
Smith. In charge. Church officers were elected as follows 
for the year: Bro. H. W. Smith, reelected elder; Bro, Isaac 
Hoover, trustee; Sister Viola Meadow, treasurer; the writer, 
correspondent. Bro. J, W, Killian began a series of meetings 
for us Dec._^ 13, closing on the evening of the 24th He 
preached fourteen sermons in all. Owing to bad roads, the at- 
tendance was small. There were no accessions, but some wore, 
made to think very seriously. The member.'^ were greatly 
strengthened.— Mrs. Nicholas Frantz. Sunfield, Mich., Dec. 27. 

Kansas City (First Church_ of the Brethren). — We had a 
special Christmas program on Sunday forenoon, after which a 
dinner was served in the ba-sement. One hundred persons par- 
took of chicken and turkey to their entire satisfaction. A 
treat for the children followed the dinner. A marked improve- 
ment is noticed in the efforts of tho children on the pro- 
gram. Then, too, a fifty per cent increase in tho number of 
those that stayed for the dinner encourages the workers — 
T_. C. Nininger, 5921 St. John Avenue, Kansas City. Mo., Dec. 

little Brushy congfegation met in council Dec. 13. with Eld. 
H. J. Lilly presiding. On account of the death of our clerk 
and treasurer, the writer was chosen clerk and church corre- 
spondent, and Sister Mary Adamson treasurer and solicitor. 
It was decided to i»iite the Poplar Bluff congregation with the 
Little Brushy congregation. Bro, Lilly was chosen as our 
elder for the coming year. On Sunday, Dec, 24, the new union 
church, here in Rombauer, was dedicated. The Brethren 
helped to build It and although we would be much better 
pleased to have a Brethren church, we are truly thankful for 
this, and trust that some good may be done for the Mas- 
ter — Ida Mohler. Rombauer, Mo.. Dec. 27. 

Nevada.— On Christmas Day Eld. Leander Smith preached 
a sermon on the " Birth of Christ." It was enjoyed by all 
who heard it. The attendance was small. Many people would 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 


■ world thai 

rathpr feast on the unrighteous mammon of the.'is 

the sDiritual food that God gives through his dear Son. 

collection for World-wide Missions was ?3.30. Bro. Smitli i>t 
doinE all he can to stimulate a missionary spirit In our people. 
—Mary Wine Smith. 230 N. Oak Street, Nevada, Mo.. Dec. 2G. 
Soutli St. Joseph Mission.— The writer closed a series of 
meetings at Langdon, Mo.. Dec. 17. with best of Interest 
There is only one church building in the town, and that seems 
to be a union house. Six different denominations are represent- 
ed there and neither one ha.s a minister. We have five mem- 
hprs there, and unitedly all have aslted us to hold services for 
tltem evefv second Sunday of the month.— E. N. I-IufCman, 503 
KentuUty Street, St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 23. 

Endera We had expected to hold a series of meetings in 

November, conducted by Bro. A. J. Smith, of Kansas, but on 
account of Bro. Smith's illness, It was postponed. At present 
"we are planning to hold our nipetings In January, to be con- 
.i.icted by Bro Edwin Jarboe. of Red Cloud. Nebr.. and fol- 
nwed by our love feast. On Thanltsglvin^ Day the Brethren 
and friends met at the church. In the forenoon we had a short 
session at which a number spoke of especial ble.sslngs for 
which tbey, as individuals, are thankful. We also had devo- 
tional e.>cercises. At noon we had lunch in the ba.sement. In 
the afternoon we enjoyed a good program. Our offering 
amountecl to Sll.S'i, and was placed In the hands of a com- 
mittee to be used in charitable work. On Saturday, we held a 
council to elect officers for next year. Bro. Henry Flory was 
reelected oierk; Ero. Edwin Flory, treasurer; Bro. Sharp, 
nrosldent of the Christian Workers. He was also chosen Sun- 
dav-school superintendent, and Sister May Plory was reelected 
Sunday-school secretary. Our missionary committee is Claude 
L, Sharp Alta Baily and Orrilla Ogle. Owing to a shortage of 
crons the church is facing a financial stringency, but we are 
planning to enlarge our work for the following year.— Orrilla 
C Ogle, Enders, Nehr.. Dec. 22. 

'sappy Creek.- Dec. 23 we met in council, Bro. Levi Snell pre- 
siding Nearly all the member.'^ were present. We^ elected 
officers for the coming year, with Bro. Levi Snell as our elder; 
Bro Chas Robert, church treasurer; Bro. Arthur Chapman, 
clerk- the writer, correspondent and Messenger agent. We had 
a fine meeting. Tbe young members, who united with the 
church a few months ago, are going to work in earnest. We 
also started a Christian Workers' Meeting a few weeks ago. 
which Is progressing. Good Int.-r^st Is manifested.— Walter 
Chapman, Sappy Creek, Nebr,, Dec. 2.1. 

AmweU and TTnion ChurcheB.— A love feast was held in the 
Bethel church on Saturday evening, "Nov. 4. Bro. J. Kurtz 
Miller conducted the meeting.s. assisted by Brethren H. T. 
Home and M. B. Miller. The following Sunday evening Breth- 
ren M B Miller and H. T. Home were ordained elders. Eld. 
J K Miller of Brooklyn, delivered an excellent message on 
this occasion. Eld. P. B. Fitzwater, of Princeton, N. J., was 
also with us Nov 7 the three New Jersey churches met in 
council. Eld. M. C. Swigart, of Philadelphia, came to us at 
this time It was decided to get the " Brethren Hymnal for 
each of the churches. Arrangements were made to begin a 
series .of meetings Jan. 1. We expect Bro. W H. Miller, of 
Hanover, Pa., to preach for us. Bro. E. F. Nedrow will hold 
meetings in the Sand Brook church, beginning Jan. 23. Bro. 
Miller of Brooklyn, has promised the Bethel congregation a 
two weeks' series of meetings sometime next summer.— Dora 
H, Hoppock, Sergeantsville. N. J., Dec. 23. 

SvmBhine congregation met "in council Nov. 25. Eld. Samuel 
Welmer in charge. Our clerk, Charles Maxcy, having been 
called to hi'! reward. Sister Mattle Collins was elected to the 
clerkship. One letter was granted. We are expecting Bro. 
C. H. Brown, of Clovis. to hold a series of meetings for us m 
tlie near future.— Miriam Maxc 

Yeso, N. Mex.. Dec, 24. 

Cando.^ — At our council, our present elder, Bro. J. 

overseer also. The membership Is located among a very 
thrifty class of farmers and business men, which gives the 
church a very bright outlook. The members ore ciulte active 
in the work, and have a good field In which to labor. True, 
they are not without opposition nor competing organizations, 
but these merely put snap and vim Into their work. Aclwalcd 
by charity and Holy Ghost power, seasoning their efforts with 
grace, and taking the Word as their counsel, a great work can 
be done at that place, I shall remain with them till about Jan. 
8 or 12.— M. Flory, Girard, 111., Dec. 23. 

Canton. — Our church met In council Dec. 23. Our presiding 
elder, Bro. S. Sprankel. of Massillon, Ohio, was present; also 
Eld. James Murray, of Sterling, Ohio, and Eld. Noah L,onga- 
necker, of Hartvllle. Ohio. Bro. Longanecker presided over 
the meeting. Bro. Jacob Wcirick was ordained to the elder- 
ship, and the writer was advanced to the second degree of 
the ministry. Officers for the ensuing year were elected as 
follows; Bro, Milton Taylor. Sunday-school superintendent; 
Sister Nora Rover, secretary; Bro. Milton Taylor, president of 
the Christian Workers' Meeting; Sister Mary Royer, secre- 
tary. Sisters Savilla Taylor and Jennie Royer have charge 
of "the home department and the cradle roll. The writer has 
been chosen as Messenger correspondent.— Adam H. Miller, 
Louisville. Ohio. Dec. 25. 

Charleston Mission Dee. 9 Bro. W. J. Hflisey, of West Mil- 
ton, Ohio, came to our place on a visit. Wlille with us, he 
gave us sixteen Spirit-filled sermons. He ■ surely preaches 
the Word with power and in its purity. May we all pray more 
for the young ministers, that they may be a blessing to the 
church in future years. Sinners were warned to flee the wrath 
to come, and saints were mucJi encouraged. — Emma Helsey. 
R. D. G. Chlllicothe. Ohio, Dec. 25. 

Cliristmas at the Brethren's Home at Graenville. — This Is 
always a very interesting time. The aged ones are very much 
like children. They look forward to this time with great 
anticipations. By mail and express, two or three days pre- 
vious, came little gifts, such as handkerchiefs, aprons, stock- 
ings, cards, and boxes of various kinds of eatables. These put 
sunshine into every heart. We were also remembered by three 
of our leading merchants, who gave a gift to each one. Since 
last Christmas four inmates hdve been called to their long 
home We now have twenty-nine brethren and sisters and 
seven children. The health is excellent at this writing. — G. W. 
Minnlch. Greenville, Ohio, Dec. 27. 

Defiance. — Bro. Joel A. Vancil. of Hamlin, Ohio, came to this 
place Dec. 10, Intending to hold a series of meetings, but ow- 
ing to the condition of the weather he only preached eleven 
sermons for us. The meetings closed on Monday night, Dec. 
13. He expects to return in the near future to coptlnur 
meetings for two or three weeks.— -Pearl Brown, R. D. 10 
fiance. Ohio. Dec. 2S. 

Eversole.— On Christmas Day we met to celebrate the birth 
of our blessed Master. An offering of S5.55 was taken for the 
orphans at Greenville, Bro. Noah Beery delivered a very ap- 
propriate sermon. This was Bro. Beery's last sermon before 
leaving for Bethany, where he expects to spend at least one 
term This sermon was the third farewell address given at 
this place within the last six weelfs. Aug. 20 Bro. Homer 
Bright gave us a very Instructive and inspiring sermon. 
His wife also gave us a very interesting talk, on their future 
prospects in China. Nov. 23 Bro. Brlghfs father. Eld. John 
Calvin Bright, delivered his farewell address. He spoke of 
the many pleasant years he had spent with us. and the many 
changes that have taken place during this time. Wo feel 
that we have many good things to be thankful for. Bro. 
Bright was our housekeeper from 1897 untfl one year ago. He 
has now located In Brookville. where he will have charge of 
the church.— Clara Erbaugh. R. D. 2. New Lebanon, Ohio. Dec. 

Port McKinley.— Dec, 24 we had with us Eld, John Smith, 
of Trotwood. Ohio. Bro, Smith preached to us a most interest- 
ing Christmas sermon. At his advanced age, and after spending 
almost fifty years in the ministry. Ero. Smith Is still very 
active— Jesse F. Coy, 320 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio, 

, De- 


. 28. 

, Kesler, 
was retained for another year, A church trustee and all the 
other necessarv church officers were elected for another term, 
Bro Charles Kensinger was elected Messenger agent, Sister 
Mary Miller and the writer, church correspondents. Collec- 
tions were taken for various good purposes at our Thanksgiv- 
ing services at the Sunday-school, and at our Christian Work- 
ers' Meetings. Our winter -weather, this month, was pleasant- 
ly mild, and the health of this community Is good.— M. P. 
Lichty Zion, N. Dak., Dec. 23. 

Salem church met in council Dec. 16, with our elder. Bro. 
J W Shively, presiding, assisted by Eld. A. M. Sharp, of Ege- 
land N Dak. Considerable business came before the meeting. 
Six letters were granted and two received. We reorganized 
our Sundav-school for another year, with Bro. A. B. Holllnger, 
superintendent and Bro. W. F. Cripe, secretary. The follow- 
■ ing church officers were elected for one year: Bro W^ P. 
Crlpe clerk; Bro. W. H. Rhodes, treasurer; Bro. D, A. Huf- 
foi-d 'Messenger agent; the writer, Messenger correspondent.. 
We also .leld an election for a minister and one deacon. Bro. 
W F Cripe was elected to the ministry and Bro. D. E. Gin- 
ge'ricb to the deacon's ofhce. These brethren were not in- 
stalled, for the reason that in the one case the wife of the 
one chosen was absent, and in the other the brother has not 
yet accepted the ofilce. though we hope he will. We think our 
church is in a prosperous condition. Bro. G. W. Stong is our 
only resident minister, besides our resident elder, Bro. J. W. 
Shiveli'.— J. W. Cripe, Newville, N. Dak., Dec. 25. 

Surrey.— Bro. J E. Joseph preached our Christmas sermon, 
after which a collection of S15 was taken for a widowed sis- 
ter in our own congregation. We gave a treat to the scholars 
of the Sunday-school this morning, at the close of the lesson. 
Our midweek prayer meeting, started a few weeks pgo, con- 
tinues to grow in Interest. Our Thanksgiving offering, of 
about $14. was sent to Bethany Bible School, — Manerva Lam- 
bert, Surrey, N. Dak., Dec. 2i. 

Turtle Mountain cluirch met in council Dec, 16. The meet- 
ing was opened hy Bro. John Deal. Our elder. Bro. Brubaker. 
of Ellison N Dak., presided. Five letters of membership were 
received and four granted. Officers for the coming year were 
elected as follows: Sister Saloma Fisher, clerk; Bro. Will An- 
derson treasurer; Sister Maggie Cloud, Messenger corre- 
spondent; Bro. Will Anderson, trustee; Bro. Rhenus Kuntz and 
Sister Florence Anderson, members of the Home Mission 
Board- Sister Gertrude Gardener, Brethren Fred Shroeder and 
Chas 'strietzel, members on the temperance committee. Sis- 
ter Mary Hoffman is superintendent of the Perth Sunday- 
school; Sister Orpha Fisher, secretary-treasurer. Brethren 
Samuel Cloud and Chas. Strietzel were elected to the deacon s 
office As Sister Strietzel was not present, the installation was 
deferred indefinitely. Bro. Deal preached for us on Saturday 
evening and Bro. John Brubaker preached for us on Sunday 
morning On Sunday evening, after Christian Workers' Meet- 
ing we elected officers for the coming year as follows: Bro. 
Fred Shroeder, Sister Mary Hoffman and Sister Orpha Fisher. 
—Ida C. Fisher, Perth, N. Dak., Dee. 20. 
BrookvUle (Ohio).- Dec. 18 we came to this place, just hav- 
ing closed a three weeks' series of meetings at the Salem 
church We began meetings here on the evening of the 18th. 
The attendance and interest were fair, considering the very 
rainv weather and the condition of the roads. This is a new 
organization, being a part of the old Wolf Creek church, 
Eld D. M. Garver had charge of the work until quite re- 
cently, when Eld. J. C. Bright moved into the town of Brook- 
ville as pastor of the church there. He now has charge as 

Georgetown. — Never has there been such an interest and 
awakening in the Church of the Brethren at this place as the 
one that has just occurred in the past four weeks, when 
Bro B F Petry, of the Upper Twin congregation, began a 
series of meetings Nov. 23. and closed Dec. 21. He preached 
forty sermons, held a number of cottage consecration services, 
and also visited in many homes. If his being among us had 
resulted in nothing more than the deepening of our own 
spiritual lives, and the setting of a higher standard of con- 
duct for all. the efforts would have been worth while. Eight- 
een precious souls were received by baptism, one reclaimed 
and two are awaiting baptism. Eleven of these are heads of 
families and eight are Sunday-school scholars. Many are 
counting the cost. We had a glorious outpouring of God's 
Spirit all through the meetings, with the best of interest 
and very large crowds. Our combined council, of the Salem 
and Ludlow districts, was held at this place Nov, 18. Bro. 
A J Johnson was elected Sunday-school superintendent; the 
writer, reelected president of the Christian Workers' Meeting. 
We have organized a home department. Sister Anna Stuts- 
man of Pittsburg, Ohio, is assisting us with a singing class 
each week,— Mary Weisenbarger, R. D. 2, Laura. Ohio, Dec. 

Marble rnmace. — Bro. J. 0. Garst came to this place Dec. 
H. He delivered eighteen sermons while with us. but on ac- 
count of the inclemency of the weather and the membership 
being somewhat scattered, the attendance was small. Bro. 
Garst preached the Word with power. Flv.e were burled with 
Christ in baptism. The church has been much strengthened. 
Bro Garsfs work among us has been of much Influence. He 
was called to Mav Hill to conduct Bro. Harry Murphy's fun- 
eral.— Qulnter Ramsey. R. D. 5. Box 12, Peebles, Ohio, Dec. 25. 

Middle District.— Bro. William Swinger, of Trotwood. Ohio. 
came to us Dec. 3 and began a two weeks' series of meet- 
ings. The attendance was good, considering the inclement 
weather There were two accessions and two reclaimed. We 
think the Spirit is stll! working. Our regular council was held 
Dec. H, Bro. Jacob Coppock is our elder for two more years. 
Other officers such as trustee, correspondent, Sunday-school 
superintendent, etc.. were reelected.— C. V. Coppock. R. D. 3. 
Tippecanoe City. Ohio, Dec. 26. 

Korth Star.— We have just closed a very interesting series 
of meetings, conducted by Eld, Ira E. Long. The weather con- 
ditions were not so favorable, but the attendance wa.^ fair. 
considering -everything. Our brother preached the Word with 
power The church at this place is greatly built up. Three 
were received by baptism. We have a pool In the church- 
yard where baptism Is administered, and two of the appli- 
cants received the sacred rite after the evening services. It 
was an impressive sight. At our council, Dec. 2, our Sun- 
day-school and church officers for the coming year were elect- 
ed All officers except trustees were elected for one year. 
At the advice of our elder. Bro. S. Z. Smith, we had Bro. Long 
conduct our Sunday-school installation services. The duties of 
our Sunday-school workers were laid before them clearly, and 
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of the weather. We feel much encouraged. — J. W. Hocker. 
R. D. 2, Arcanum, Ohio. Dec. 25, 

Trotwoofl. — Our congregation met in council Dec. 20, with 
our elder. Ero. D. M. Garver. as moderator. Tlie visiting 
brethren were Elders L. A. Bookwalter and John W. Eeeghly. 
Both of these brethren gave us very encouraging talks. Three 
letters of membership were received and eleven were granted. 
The treasurer, clerk, and one trustee were reelected. The 
writer was chosen as church correspondent. Our Sunday- 
school superintendent and assistant were also reelected. The 
other Sunday-school officers will be appointed on Sunday, Dec. 
31, after which all the Sunday-school officers will be duly in- 
stalled. We decided to have song servloes every other Sun- 
day evening, to bo conducted by Ero. Thomas Karns. — E^^za- 
heth Waybrlght. Trotwood. Ohio, Dec. 27. 

Prairie lake. — Bro. I. H. Miller, of Nashville. Okla.. came 
Into our midst Dec. 17 and preached eight soul-cheering ser- 
mons, which we enjoyed very much. Bro. Miller gave very 
Interesting talks. We live in the southern part of the Prairie 
Lake congregation, eighteen miles southeast of the church. 
We have not had any meetings at this place for over a year, 
and when some one preaches for ua we appreciate it — J. E. 
Sale, Aline. Okla,. Dec. 23. 

Carson VaUey.— Our church met in council Dec. 16. Brethren 
David Sell and O. V. Long were present with us as adjoining 
elders. The regular business was transacted, after which the 
election of one deacon took place, which resulted In Ero, L. R. 
Hoover bcjog chosen. Brethren D. G, Brubaker and Blair 
I-Ioover wore advanced to the second degree of the ministry. 
Bro. L. T. Holslnger. of Indiana, will iiold a series of meet- 
ings for us. beginning Jan. 4. Our Sunday-school held a 
Christmas entertainment Dec. 24. A very Interesting program 
was given. Our Sunday-school has an enrollment of about 
150 pupi'ls, while our attendance varies from eighty to ninety 
In winter, and from 100 to 125 In summer. — .Elsie Hoover, 
Duncansville, Pa., Dec. 28. ' 

Midway.^Our church met in 'council Dec. 20, with our elder, 
Jno. Herr, presiding. Bro, L. S. Mohler led In the devotional 
exercises. Quite a volume of business was disposed of. It 
was decided to rebuild the shed at Midway. One was received 
by letter. Bro. Wm. A. Forry and the writer were elected su- 
perintendents of the Lebanon and Midway Sunday-schools, re- 
spectively. Bro. Levi S. Mohler has just opened a series of 
meetings at Midway. The attendance and Interest are increas- 
ing. Bro, Rufus P. Bucher has promised to conduct our 
series of meetings In Lebanon, to begin Jan, 31. — A. H. Bru- 
bachor, R. D. 7, Lebanon. Po.. Dec. 26. 

Kotloe The new church of the Brethren In Shrewsbury. 

Pa,, will be dedicated on Jan. 31. It Is a brick structure, 40x70 
feet In size. Bro. Jos. A. Long, of York. Fa., will deliver the 
dedicatory address. — J. H. Keller. Shrewsbury, Pa., Dec. 27. 

Pleasant HilL — We met Dec. 23. in quarterly council, with 
Eld. David Hohf presiding. We decided to have our spring 
love feast at this place April 27, at 4 P. M. We also reor- 
ganized our Sunday-school at this place for the ensuing year, 
—Amanda K. Miller. R. D. 3. Spring Grove. Pa., Dec. 23. 

Bookton.— At our council our elder. Bro. Abram Fyock. was 
with us. We were pleased to see him. It Is quite o. task to 
come to this place from Johnstown every three months. Our 
next council will be the first Saturday In March at the Rock- 
ton house.— Elizabeth Hollopeter, Rockton, Pa.. Dec. 22. 

RouzenriUe church held a Christmas service on Tuesday 
evening. Dec. 26. The services were largely attended. Bro. 
Henry Bare, of Waynesboro, Pa., our able superintendent, ar- 
ranged the program. — Dollie Brown, H. D. 1, Rouzervlile. Pa.. 
Dee. 2G. 

Sprlnff Creek. — Dec. 23 wo had special services at this place. 
Ministers from other congregations were Elders J. H Wltmer, 
H, B. Yoder. Brethren Rufus Bucher, Thomas Patrick and A. 
M Kuhns. After the services seventeen were baptized by 
Elders J. H. Longanecker and S. Z. Witmer. This was a day 
long to be remembered. — Edgar M, Hoffer, Ellzabethtown. Pa- 
Dec. 25. 

Tulpehooken church met In council Dec. 18, Bro. John Herr 
presiding. Several certificates of membership were granted. 
The superintendents of the several Sunday-schools were chos- 
en for the ensuing year. We also organized a Sisters' Aid 
Society, and elected officers tor one year. Bro. I. N. H. Beahm 
is now engaged in a very Interesting series of meetings at the 
Heidelberg house, to continue several weeks. — F. L. Reber, 
Richland. Pa., Dec. 21. 

Limestone.— Dec. 24 Bro. Sherfy Randolph preached for us. 
He also preached a good sermon on the birth of Christ on 
Christmas Day, and Bro. P. D. Reed gave an Interesting talk. 
One dear sister united with the church.— Anna Arnold. Tel- 
ford, Tenn., Dec. 28. 

Bethel church met In council Dec. 23, our elder, G. E. Wales, 
presiding. Church, Sunday-school and Christian Workers' of- 
ficers were elected. Sister Minerva Strohm and Bro. Lee 
Dadlsman are superintendents of the Sunday-school; Ero. 
Ralph Strohm, secretary and treasurer; Ero. T. J. Miller and 
the writer, choristers. Our Sunday-school is growing In inter- 
est and attendance. The average attendance for the past quar- 
ter was forty. Ero. Lee Dadisman is president of the Chris- 
tian Workers' Meeting. A special program was rendered by 
the Christian Workers' Band, on Sunday evening, Dec. 24.— 
Grace Wales, Kenedy. Texas, Dec. 25. 
Bluefield.— Bro. J. O. Boone, of Ferrum, Va.. came Into jjur 
midst Dec. 9. and preached four much appreciated gospel 
mons for us. Bro. Boone Is to be comme 
work accomplished by liim In bulldini 
flcuities and opposition, 
doctrine of the Brethren. 

ded for the efficient 
hurches under dlf- 
fields where little is known of the 
Irene A. Boone, Bluefield, Va.. Dec. 


Brick.— Bro. H. J. Woodio, of this congregation, began a 

series of meetings at Bonbrook Dec. 10. and preached twelve 

interesting sermons. One was made willing to put on Christ 

(Concluded on Pago IS.) 


they were made to feci the responsibility of their 
Lydia E. Miller, R. D. 2. New Weston, Ohio, Dec. 23. 

'Bed Biver. — Bro. B. F. Honeyman came to us Dec. 
began a series of meetings, continuing until Dec. 24. He 
preached twenty-nine sermons. The members were greatly 
revived, and sinners were warned to fiee the wrath to come. 
Three were baptized and one reclaimed. Dec. 17 Bro. Honey- 
man talked to the children. About sixty-five children were 
present, besides the vn-up people. Many lasting impres- 

sions were made. De 6 we met to elect superintendents for 
the Sunday-school. 1 -. Edward Miller was elected superin- 
tendent. The attenda e was good, considering the inclemency 


Dec. 18 the Mission Board met with the members of 
our South Side Mission for the purpose of organizing the 
members into a new church. Eld. I. L. Hoover was mod- 
erator. The" members all expressed themselves as willing 
to work with the General Brotherhood. The new terri- 
tory is two miles east, two west and three north and 
south, and embraces all of Kansas City, Kans., south o^ 
the Union Pacific Railroad, part of the city lying south of 
the Kansas River, and all of-Rosedale. The new church 
was named the " Mission Church of the Brethren of 
Kansas City. Kans." The organization has a member- 
ship of seventy-si.x. An unusual condition must be met 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 

in this congregation. Not one of tlic members was raised 
in a home of our menibcrs, but all came to the Brethren 
from other churches and from the world. While they are 
a willing body, they must be taught and developed. By 
appointment of our Mission Board, wife and I will move 
into the Mission church and continue in the worlt for an- 
other year, the Lord being our helper. We are very 
thankful to those who have remembered us with dona- 
tions and clothing. What has been accomplished in plant- 
ing, a second church of the Brethren in Kansas City, is 
largely due to the cooperation of many loving hearts and 
hands May the Lord bless all to his glory! 

L H. Crist. 

12 North Ferree Street, Kansas City, Kans,, Dec. 21. 



The members of the Colorado City church met in quar- 
terly council Aug. 16. Eld. A. C. Daggett, president of 
our Mission Board, presided. Ways and means were con- 
sidered through which we might secure the remainder of 
money, needed to erect our contemplated house of wor- 
ship. The hall in which we now worship is inadequate to 
our needs, being poorly ventilated and not accessible for 
a series of meetings, as it is used during the week by sev- 
eral different lodges. 

We are looking forward to the time when "a great door 
and effectual" may be opened whereby we may be enabled 
to proceed with the building. 

Church, Sunday-school and Christian Workers' officers 
were elected for the ensuing terms, beginning Jan. 1. So- 
licitors for District and General Mission funds were also 

It was decided to enlarge our Sunday-school by adding 
a home department and cradle roll. 

We have a little band of live wire members and though 
without a located pastor at present, the work is being car- 
ried on in the best possible manner. 

Bro. J. C. Groff, of the Lowland congregation, preaches 
for us every two weeks, morning and evening, which we 
appreciate very much. 

Bro. Daggett remained with us over Sunday and gave 
us two refreshing sermons. We are anxiously looking for- 
ward to the time when our efficient Mission Board will 
be enabled to secure the right man to aid in the work at 
this place, and we can again have regular preaching serv- 

The temperance cause is gaining ground, and we hope, 
ere long, to be able to report the absence of the saloons, 
and new business enterprises established in their stead, 
that will be a blessing to our people and city, instead of a 
curse. Bettie Root. 

535 Ehrich Street, Dec. 19. 

the ministry. Bro. J. N. Goughnour, a man of business 
ability, has moved here to take charge of the store, and 
will be quite a help to the cliurch. 

Is this not ideal mission work? Several hundred such 
places ought to be worked in our District, and would be 
if we had the right kind of men, and all had a mind to 
work. My young brother or sister, if you are interested 
in such work, here is an opportunity for you to be use- 
ful,~to do mission work and to get a home. Older peo- 
ple can also locate near this church home and be helpful 
in the mission work. 

Frequently we hear our people say, " We do not believe 
in foreign mission work." If not, here is a place to show 
that you actually believe in home mission work. This 
house is not all paid for. Could not some good brother 
and sister be persuaded to write out a check and forward 
it to Eld. J. Q. Goughnour, Slifer, Iowa, thus helping to 
share the burden and enjoying the blessing? Yes, this is 
ideal mission work but. as tiie Salvation Army puts it, 
" much grace, grit and many greenbacks are needed." 
May God's choicest blessings ever rest upon this little 
band of workers and this church! W. H. Lichty. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Dec. 18. 


As a Brethren church we like to think on mission work, 
like to talk about it, like to do it, or see or read of some 
one else being engaged in it. In my judgment, we think, 
read, talk and preach three times as much on this subject 
as we did when I was but a child in the church. I am also 
sure we can not do too much of it. 

There are different ways of doing mission work. Most 
every way is a good way if wisely directed. One way of 
doing mission work is for a church to have some out- 
posts and to look after them carefully. Much good has 
been done in this way. Another way is for a District to 
have an evangelist in the field and keep him as busy as 
time and strength will permit. And still another way is to 
select a spot suitable for mission work, and to develop it. 
Much wisdom must be used in selecting the spot, and of 
this kind of mission work I wish you to think while you 
are reading this article. 

Just now I am in such a held, helping to conduct meet- 
ings. It is at Slifer, Iowa, in the Northern District of 
Iowa. In my judgment a more suitable place than this 
could not soon be found. The soil is of the best, and not 
so high in price yet, running from $125 to $150 an acre. 
The place is a station on the Rock Island Railroad, with 
only a depot, an elevator, a store, a few coal bins and a 
schoolhouse. Recently a neat little churchhouse, large 
enough to seat 150, has been erected. It has good seats, 
a nice basement, a fine furnace, a baptistry and gas lights. 
In my judgment it is just as it ought to be to make it at- 
tractive, comfortable and convenient. A finer class of 
people you can not soon find. They are to be commend- 
ed for their activity in the work, their hospitality, their 
promptness in church services, and their good behavior. 
We find, in this community, an unusual number of people 
who make no profession, especially among the men. 
While not commendable, there is a reason for it. 

Eld. J. Q. Goughnour, after a careful and prayerful con- 
sideration, consented, with his companion and six chil- 
dren, to leave a good home, many friends and relatives, a 
fine church, a well-graded school where his children 
would have the best of school privileges, and to move to 
this place. He willingly took upon himself and family the 
responsibility of soliciting the community for money to 
build a churchhouse, and, after building it. to give his 
energy and time to the development of a church. Bro. A. 
B. Woodard, yet active in church work, and Bro. J. E. 
Ikenberry, well advanced in years, are his colaborers in 


Sunday evening. Nov. 2€>, Rev. F. M. Moody, Field Sec- 
retary of the State Commission on Marriage and Divorce, 
gave a strong address on the evil of divorce, and plead for 
the Gospel standard of marriage. Our pastor held serv- 
ices on Thanksgiving Day, on which occasion a collection 
of $19.51 was taken, three-fourths of which was sent to 
Bro. Neif, of Springville, Cal., and one-fourth to the cam- 
paign work against the saloons in Los Angeles, On Fri- 
day evening we met in council. Eld. W. H. Wertenbaker 
was elected. as our .elder and pastor for the coming year; 
Bro. Asa Trostle, superintendent of the Sunday-school; 
Bro. Albert Crist, president of the Christian Workers' 
Meeting. Sister Lena Swank was retained as a worker 
for the mission at Sixty-first and Wall Streets. Bro. W. 
H. Wertenbaker was appointed to solicit for funds for 
the mission, and prospects are favorable for a permanent 
location soon. Bro. Harvey Snell, our District Sunday- 
school and Christian Workers' Secretary, conducted a 
Convention Dec. 10. Interesting talks were given by our 
workers in the morning and in the afternoon. Bro; Snell 
gave us a very instructive object lesson at the mission. 
In the evening he preached a sermon at the church. Wc 
greatly appreciate Bro. Snell's work among us. 

Clara B. Custer. 

1236 East Forty-Sixth Street, Dec. 14. 

Sunday-school officers were also appointed for a term 
of one year, with Brethren Chas. Poorman and Dave 
Brumbaugh as superintendents; Sister Ruth Ewert and 
Bro. Chas. Edgar, secretaries. All teachers and officers 
are to be duly installed into their respective positions Jan. 
1, Dec. 23 special Christmas exercises will be given at 
the Christian Workers' Meeting by the young people and 
the children of the Sunday-school. 

Our Christian Workers' Meeting is increasing in num- 
ber, and also in a spiritual way. Besides the presidents, 
to oversee the meetings, we have elected a wide-awake 
officer, Sister Cora Ewert, to arrange the program a week 
ahead, so tliat each one appointed can be prepared. She 
also arranges special programs for special days, such as 
Christmas, which add interest to the Sunday-school and 
cliurch work. By having this extra provision, our Chris- 
tian Workers' Meetings are progressing. The Christian 
Workers' topic book is used in preparing the program 
and often a recitation or some special song is given, per- 
taining to the topic used. 

Our Sunday-school is also improving since it was re- 
organized, last November. All seem to have been aroused 
to a sense of their duty, and many new pupils are added 
to our school, especially to the young men's class (boys 
at the age of twenty). It makes our hearts rejoice in the 
Lord to see the young men gathered in the Sunday- 
school, for ere long they will have to take up the work of 
the church. Eight scholars have only recently been added 
to- this class. Lillian Earhart. 

Markle, Ind., Dec. 20. 


The tragic experience of Naomi, as told in the Book of 
Ruth, is often overlooked, because of the faithful and vir- 
tuous life of her daughter-in-law, Ruth. Yet, perchance, 
the writer of this excellent narrative aimed to keep Nao- 
mi's sorrow in the background, that the trustful and noble 
life of Ruth might shine out all the brighter. How often 
is the pathetic answer of Naomi repeated in this life, " I 
went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again 
empty"? Not only was this the experience of the Prodigal 
Son and other young people, but older ones, too, go out 
to do life's battles and lo, " Death," on his pale horse, 
strikes some of them down, like he did Elimelech and his 
two sons, and Naomi has to return alone. 

Pardon this personal application. Nearly a dozen years 
ago my dear wife and myself left Southern Illinois with 
nearly all of our children, and what few personal effects 
we had, and settled in this beautiful valley. Sometimes 
smiles were meted out to us, at other times tears were 
our portion. As to Naomi's home death came, so he 
came to our family circle, and now the silent (though un- 
assuming) granites keep vigil over the precious dust of 
a baby girl that was called across the silent river nearly 
ten years ago, and the faithful wife, who was laid away 
in much sorrow, only a few months since. Like sorrow- 
ing Naomi, I am preparing to return to Illinois, — for 
awhile at least. And while the dust of earth does not hide 
all of my loved ones, yet I am compelled to go back alone. 
I aim to leave here Feb. 1, and go by way of Newton and 
Independence, Kans., and Joplin and St. Louis, Mo. If 
any churches or isolated places should wish my services 
for a few or more meetings, please let me know at Rocky 
Ford, Colo. Granville Nevinger. 

Rocky Ford, Colo. 


Our ciiurcli agreed to hold a series of meetings in our 
Thurmont house, to be conducted by the home ministry. 
Brethren L. J. Flohr, B. C. Whitmer and the writer began 
the meetings on Thanksgiving evening, continuing until 
Dec. 17. The attendance was good, and the meetings 
grew in interest. The efforts of the ministry improved 
with the improved interest of the hearers. Both became 
more interested in each other. 

The united effort of the ministry in any community 
means much for successful work. While no baptisms 
blessed our efforts, yet we learned the blessed fact that 
there is a time to work, and to trust for the future. The 
meetings also showed the ministry where spiritual work 
is needed among the members. This is hard to do when 
we have an evangelist who is not so familiar with local 
conditions. Upon the whole, I believe more and more in 
a united effort at home first, and then to call the evangel- 
ist later. The next meeting, now in the near future, 
should be held by a strong gospel evangelist. We may 
then look for an ingathering. The vineyard of growing 
fruit must soon be gathered, or there will be a loss. 
Brethren and sisters, let us awake and lead our churches 
to a happy success! John S. Weybright. 

Thurmont, Md., Dec. 21. 


We met in council Dec. 9. Our elder, Bro. Otho Winger, 
presided. One letter was received and two granted. The 
sexton and ushers were chosen for a year. Bro, Henry 
Ohmart was chosen as our Messenger agent; the writer, 
corresponding secretary. The report of our finance com- 
mittee was accepted. We decided to adopt the free-will 
offering plan for one year. A committee of Brethren 
Otho Winger and J. W. Miller are to secure an evangelist 
for next year's revival work. 

We decided that the first Sunday of each month be 
known as " Home-coming Day," — that special efforts be 
made and an invitation given on that day, so that those 
away from Christ may feel that the church doors are not 
only open during revival services, but at all times. We 
trust that many, during the coming year, may experience 
"Home-coming Day" for themselves. 

Our resident minister. Eld. C. T. Eiler, has been in poor 
health and unable to attend services for nearly two months. 
His health is now improving, and we hope he will soon he 
able again to worship with us. Edith Miller. 

R. D. 5, North Manchester, Ind., Dec, 12. 


" What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder 

Marriage Dotlcea abonld be accompanied b^ 60 cents 


Our church met in council Dec. 16, with Eld. D. B. Gar- 
ber presiding. Two letters of membership were received. 
It was decided to have Bro. T. C. Murray, of North Man- 
chester, Ind., with us in the near future, to assist in mis-. 
sion work. Bro. D. B. Garber, our home minister, is to 
conduct our next series of meetings, with an evangelistic 
singer to assist in the work. Church officers were elected 
for a term of one year, as follows: Bro. Levi Heasten, 
treasurer; Sister Pearl Brumbaugh, clerk; Bro. Dan Fun- 
derburg, Messenger agent; the writer, correspondent. A 
committee of three. Brethren Levi Heasten, Dan Funder- 
burg and Sister Cora Ewert, were appointed to look after 
the financial part of the church work. 

EvertB-Bohrer. — By the undersigned, Dec. 24, 1911, at the 
home of Bro. H. H. Rohrer, near Canton, 111., Mr. Earl Everts 
and Miss Nina Rohrer, both of Canton, III. — S. G. Eucher, As- 
toria, III. 

Fibel -Henderson. — At the home of her parents, Mr. and Sis- 
ter John Henderson, Markle, Ind.. by Bro. D". B. Garber, Dec. 
14, 1911, Mr, Dean Plkel, of Pennvllie, Ind., and Sister Jessie 
Henderson, of Markle, Ind. — Lillian Earhart, Markle, Ind. 

^ina-Spaulding'. — By the undersigned, Dee. 14, 1911. at the 
home of the bride's parents, Iowa, La., Monroe W. Llnd, of 
"Wads-worth, Ohio, to Sister Adelia Spauldlns, — J. P. Hoke, Roa- 
noke, La. 

nxlIler-HlUier. — By the undersigned, at his residence, Dec. 
as. 1911. Mr. Claude Miller, of Hanover, Pa„ and Mlas Sina 
Lueila Hilker, of near Smiths Station, Pa. — Wm. I-T. Miller, 
Jacobs Mills, Pa, 

■Wagner-Mominffstar. — By the undersigned, at his home in 
Batavla, 111.. Dec. 21, 1911, Bro. Oscar W. "Wagner and Sister 
Pern Mornlngstar, both of Bethany Bible School, Chicago, 111. 
— H, E, Eshelman. Batevla, 111. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 



"Blessed are the dead which die in the L-ord" 

Baker. Andrew M.. born .Jan. IC. 1S2S, near Brookville. Mont- 
Komery Co.. Ohio, died, after a sliort illness, of pneumonia. 
Nov. ?8. 1911. aeed Ss' years. 10 months and 12 days. Bro. 
Bakor was unitfid in marriage to Margaret Myers Jan. JO. 
fsM This union was blessed with four sons and four daugh- 
\lvs one son preceded him. He leaves his aged companion. 
fhreQ sons four daughters and one brother. He was a knid 
and affectionate husband and father. Bro. Baker and hir -■ - 
united with the church fifty-six years aEo rem 
until death. A few days prior to his death In 
anointed, and called for the ciders of the chU'-- 
as'ilsted by Eld. D. H. ICeller, of Chicago, 
solemn rite. Services were held at the Sugar G 
The Upper Twin church, on Thanksgiving Day. 
the cemetery near by. Services by the ™HtP 
Bro. Keller. Text, 1 Thcss. 4: 14.— D. S. 
Fifth Street. Dayton." Ohio. 

Boose, Sister Eebiwca, died Dec. 14. 1911. m the lork con- 
EreKation, Pa., of old age. aged 77 years. 11 months and 8 
Ssr services by L. Elmer l.ease and Bev. E P. Wiest 
Text Job 5: 26. Interment at Greenmount cemetery in this 
clt'y-^A. S. Hershey. York, Pa, 
■ Calvert, Bro. Joel, born near Samantha, Ohio, Aug. 31 
died Oct. 21, 1911. i^ged 81 years. 
was the eighth of a family of el- 

ng faithful 
■sired to be 
The writer, 
ttended to this 
Grove l\onse. in 
nterment In 
iter, assisted by 
Filbrun, 13-13 West 

two daughters,— born to Robert : 

His parents came from Virginia in 1817. 

Frank Calvert, tind his grandmother, whose 

Dewitt, were also of Virginian ancestry. 

married to Anna Guthrie Hixson March__2S, 

and one daughter graced thei_r_ liome. ^ 

and one 

he was a ; 

ren, in 'whose 

one of the pioneers ■ 

thfs part of the country i 

long and useful life to its i 

month and 20 day; 
children, — nine sons and 
Sally (Stretch) Cal 

■ maiden name was 
Joel Calvert was 
Three son.s 
mother, two sons 
and one stepdaughter preceded him to the better world. When 
ung man he united with the Church of the Breth- 
welfare he was much interested. His father was 
; who did much to establish his church in 
■arly history. He devoted his 
needs. He served the church as dea- 
con for many years. He was a man of great activity and 
vigor when in heaUh. but endured his long season of con- 
finement most patiently. He was always cheerful and genial. 
His helpless condition v/as du. 
was -caused by Bright'a disease.- 

rarrel, Sister Sophia (nee Moomaw), daugiiter of Philip and 
Martha Moomaw, born in Ross County, Ohio. Oct. 
Dec 17 1911. on the farm of her son, n< 
aged 75 years. 2 months and 10 days. She 
rittge to Allen Farrei July 25. 1855. To t 
six children, all of whom are living but ■ 
twenty years ago. Her husband died in 1 
she has lived with her son. Five years a 
came injured in an automobile accident, 
has been a constant sufferer, but_bore all 
fortitude. She united 

rheumatism. His dealli 
-Annie 'Calvert, Bell. Ohio. 

I years, 7 months and 
Services by Eld. Jacob 

, 183S, died 
Rainsboro. Ohio, 
was united in mav- 
lis union were born 
ine, who died about 
;98. Since that time 
go Sister Farrei be- 
Since that time she 
with patience and 

roruLou^ o... ^ .vith'the Church of the Brethren in 

1870 and has been a faithful servant of Jehovah. Although de- 
prived of regular church privileges by distance, she read her 
Bible and lived a consistent Christian life. Services by the 
writer, assisted by Rev. J. H. Davis, of the M. E. church. 
Text Matt 12: 49, 50 and John 14; 1-3, Interment at Rhoad s 
cemetery— Van B. Wright, Sinking Spring, Ohio. 

Oeih, Sister Martha, nee Pf6utz. died In the Tulpehocken 
congregation, Pa., Oct. IS. 1911. aged 
16 days. Interment at Heidelberg. 
Nlssley — ^F L. Beber. Richland. Pa. 

Kauffman, Helen Elizabeth, daughter of Ira D. and Grace A. 
Kauftman. horn July I. 1911. died Dec. 16, 1911. aged 5 months 
and 15 days She leaves a widowed mother. Services Dec. 17 
by Eld. G. B. Heeter.— J. L. Hibner. Monticello, Ind. 

Kline, Sister Rebecca, daughter of Michael Kline, died at 
her home in Richland. Pa.. Nov. IG, 1911. aged 82 years. 5 
months and 28 days. She was confined to her bed f or more 
than, two years. Services by Eld, John Herr at the Millbach 
church. — F. L. Reber, Richland, Pa, 

Kline, Sister Eliza, wife of Bro. John Kline, died near Myers- 
town Pa. Sept. 23. 1911, aged 75 years, 3 months and 16 days 
' Deceased'was a patient sufferer for a long time. Services at 
Heidelberg by Eld, John Herr and Eld., J,, W. Myer.— F. L. 
Reber, Richland, Pa. 

«iiupp, Sister Anna, died at her-home in the bounds of the 
LinvillB Creek congregation. Rockingham Co., Va.. Nov, 19, 
IDll. aged 82 years.' She united with the church many years 
ago, and held out faithful. She leaves three sons and three 
daughters. Services by Uie Brethren, Text, 2 Sam. 14: 14.— 
Catherine R. Kline, Broadway, Va. 

layser, Bro. Joseph, died at his liome, near Richland, Pa., of 

. a" complication of diseases, Nov. 3. 1911, aged 67 years, 1 

month and 23 days. He is survived by a widow and eight 

children. Services at the Tulpehocken church by Eld. John 

Herr.- F. L. Reber, Richland, Pa. 

Beam, Sarah, nee Horner, died Dec. 3. 1911. in the bounds 
of the Spring Creek church. Bucks Co.. Pa., aged 7G years. 2 
• months and 23 days. She lived with her son. James Ream, at 
Brick Tavern. The family lost a kind mother and the church 
a devoted sister. Services by the writer. Text, Job 3: 17,— 
J. M. Booz, Souderton, Pa. 

Boof, Sister Lizzie F., wife of Bro. Elmer Roof, died of 
Brighfs disease Dec. 15, 1911, in the bounds of the Beaver 
Creek congregation, Rockingham Co.. Va., aged 32 years, 6 
months and 28 days. She was the daughter of Robert and 
Sister Rebecca Skinner, and was married to Bro. Roof over 
two j-ears ago. During her illness she was anointed. Sister 
Lizzie lived a noble Chri-stian life, and was active in church 
and Sunday-school work. She was the teacher of the pri- 
mary class in the Beaver Creek Sunday-school for a number 
of years. She is survived by her husband, parents, two half- 
brotherj and a half-sister. Services at Beaver Creek by Breth- 
ren M. B. Miller and A. S, Thomas.— Nannie J. Miller. Bridge- 
water, Va- 

WattsTs, Bro. Daniel, born in Cambria County, Pa., Feb. 13, 
1832, died in Hudson, Black Hawk Co., Iowa. Dec. 11, 1911. 
aged 79 years, 9 months and 28 days. He was married to Mary 
Snider July 7, 1853. In 1855 they came to Iowa, traveling by 
boat from Pittsburg to Muscatine, and locating in Linn 
County. In 1878 they moved to Black Hawk County, locating 
on a farm near Hudson, at which place his wife died Jan. 18, 
1883. To this union were born thirteen children. Twelve of 
them survive. One of them died in infancy. Eleven were 
present at the funeral. Bro. Watters was united in a second 
marriage to Mrs. Sarah McCarthy, who survives. Early In life 
he accepted Jesus as his Savior and associated himself with 
the Church of the Brethren. For many years he served faith- 
fully in the deacon's office. In his private life he was a man 
of plea.slng address, friendly to all. He was a man of strong 
convictions and great moral courage. With faith, hope and 
trust unwavering he passed to his reward. Services by the 
writer, assisted by Eld, Jas. A. Sell, in the South Waterloo 
church. Text (Bro. Walters' own selection), 1 Peter 4: 12-18. 
Interment in the cemetery near by. — A, P. Blough, 1315 Grant 
Avenue. Waterloo, Iowa. 

"Wolf, Henry, born Dec. 2o. 1S80, in Lebanon County. Pa., 
died Nov, 23, 1911. aged 30 years, 10 months and 23 days. His 
wife, three small children, two sisters and two brothers sur- 
vive him. Interment in the Cedar Hill cemetery at Fredericks- 
burg. Services in the Brethren church by Bro. J. W. Meyer. 
Text, Mark 14; 38. — H. M. Frantz, B. D. 6, Myerstown, Pa. 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 6, 1912. 


Editorial, — 

A Message for 1912 g 

Accessions for 1911 g 

An Idea (H. B. B.) ■ ^^ 

Topics for Articles ^^ 

Sister Churches , U 

Our Neighbors' IJghts . 

When the Lord Gets the Best ^" 

Visit of the Wise Men ^^ 

Absence of Queries ^^ 

Marks of Confidence ^ U 

Sickness a Blessing 

"*mi7 We Believe in Christianity. By Jas H. Morris, 2 
^nmt Does the Church Stand For? By E. C, Over- ^ 
Whv'Bfrd;nt\aedwVui"theC;ur;:hV By jiEdWln" Jones, 2 

■■ * "Rermest." By Noah Longanecker, - ■ ■* 

.1 StrX Movement Toward Better Organisation. By 

S. N. McCann '"', JVj, a 

The Homeless One. By Wealthy A. Burbholder 4 

PasioVal Car^ for Students. By A. G. Crosswhlte. . . . 4 

Wliy Men Turn Back, or the Wrecked Life. By W. M. ^ 


The Bomtd TaWe, — 

Thoughts on the New- Year.— Edgar M. HofEer. The 
Darlow Home. Kansas.-Moses Deardorrt^ The King- 
dom of God.-Qulncy Leckrone. Cost of Saving Souls. 
— r. J. .Rosenberger 

Home Olid Pamlly, — 

Being a Good Mother.— Nettie C. Weybrjght. The 
p.wr — Lucinda Stouffer. Time.— Ida M. Helm ' 

to the ciiurch during 
total of eight, all adults. 
land Sunday-school gave a 

meetings in Payette, making a 
the evening of Dec. 24 the Frult- 
vell-prepared Christma.s program. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

(Concluded from Page 13.) 
in baptism, and others seem near the kingdom.— Ollle Iken- 
''^i.?eU''airvirey%rs?- District of Vlrgl.ia,,--Our church 
n^et irTcouncil Dec. 16. Eld. Wyalt Reed presided. One let- 
[^r of membership was granted. Quite a lot of business came 
before The meeting, but wa. postponed until the next meeting. 
The following Sunday evening Bro. J. S. /howalter of Roa- 
noke Va- began a series of meetings and labored much for 
the Ma^^^'r ^hlle giving us eleven sermons. He made twenty- 
five vi^is from home to home, which were much appreciated. 
T^^ were baptized. We feel the church h^ been ^^-^h l^ene- 
fited by his good sermons.— Peter Hylton, R.-D. 3. Floyd, va,, 
^^^o^t Grove.-Bro, J. S. Showalter, of Roanoke, Vs-, be- 
-anT series of meetings for us Dec. 9 and continued "^tll Dec. 
17 He preached twelve good sermons. One was baptized^ 
The attendance was good, considering the rain and mud we 
had, a part of the time. The church was f ,^^"f ^f ^^^^^^ 
sinners warned. We will have preaching services on Christ- 
m^ Day Bro. Showalter went from here to Pleasant Valley, 
Va. where he is now holding a series of meetings.— Ella Bow- 
man, R. D. 5. BOK 44. Floyd, Va.. Dec. 20. 

ShUoH.— We met in council Dec. 16, with Eld. Obed Ham- 
stead as moderator. After Scripture reading and prayer, the 
business was pleasantly disposed of Bro. Hamstead retu^rn^^ 
home on Sunday.— Alice M. Bolyard, Kasson. W. Va., Dec^2B. 

s4^ L^dB.-We met in council Dec. 9. Eld. John Flke, 
assi^ed by Bro. Albert S. Arnold, presided. Two deacons 
were elected at our September council. Brethren William A. 
Jennings and Guiser Helmlck, wlio were duly installed. A 
fine sermon was preached at 7:30 P. M. by Eld. John Flke. 
On Sunday forenoon Bro. Albert S. Arnold ably addressed us. 
—Lizzie E. Jennings. Thomas, W. Va., Dec. 23. 

lav© OaJc — Our church met in council Dec. 16, with Eld, 
W R Brubaker presiding. Sis letters were received. Nov. 
4 Bro I il. Hylton was advanced to the second degree of 
the ministry Our cliurchhouse was started by hauling six 
loads of sand for tbe foundation. Several of our brethren 
attended a love feast Dec. 17 at the Chico church. Here 
we met Bro. Andrew Hutchison, whom we had not met 
for years — P. S. Hartman, Live Oak, Cal., Dec. 21, 

ABbland church met in council Dec. 23. with Eld. M. C. 
Lininger as moderator. Officers were elected for the coming 
year Bro. S. E. D-Cker is our elder; Sister Lizzie T. Det- 
weiler Sunday-school superintendent; Bro. BufCord Miller, 
president of the Christian Workers' Meeting. We decided 
to have a series of meetings, commencing Jan. 7. Eld. Har- 
man Stover, of Butte Valley, Cal., is to serve us. Our Sun- 
day-school and Christian Worker collections of Dec. 24, 
amounting to S15, will be sent ■'to help Bro. Neff cut down 
a, tree." — Cora B. Decker. Ashland, Oregon. Dec. 25. 

South St. Joseph MiBslon.— We held our children's exercises 
on the evening of Dec. 24, It was one of the best children's 
services we have had for some time. At the close of the 
services the children were given a candy treat. Our series 
of meetings began on Christmas night, and is being con- 
ducted by the writer, since Bro. T. A. Eisenbise, who was to 
hold the meetings, was unavoidably detained. The interest 
and attention are reasonably good. Today we commenced 
to hand out baskets of provisions to our poor. We also 
expect to supply many of them with the Gospel Messenger 
for one year. We have been looking into the situation of 
our many poor and find it very distressing indeed. We 
happened in one hoi.-.e wl-ere there were eight clilldren. The 
mother being unable to care for all of them, the city has 
assumed charge of three of the children which naturally dis- 
tresses the mother very much. She also told us they were 
suffering from tbe Jack of sufficient covering for their beds.^ 
E. X. Huffman, 502 Kentucky St., St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 29. 

Twin Palis. — Sunday, Dec. 24, the Sunday-school gave a 
very appropriate Christmas program. At the close a liberal 
collection was taken in behalf of the Child Rescue work 
of Idaho and Western Montana, After that a treat was 
given to all present. Our Sunday is increa-sing steadily 
and we shall soon have to provide more room. — Ella 
Fahrney, 761 Second Avenue, N., Twin Falls, Idaho, Dec. 27. 

Empire. — Bro. D. L, Miller and wife came to this place 
Dec. 2. and began a series of meetings, which closed Dec, 
21. Bro. Miller gave us strong, spiritual sermons, proclaim- 
ing God's Word with much power. Twenty-two precious 
souls came out on the Lord's side and were baptized. One 
was reclaimed.. The meetings were well attended and good 
interest was shown. On Sunday evening, Dec, 17, Bro, N, 
Suchart was advanced to the eldership. On Sunday. Dec, 24, 
a Sunday-school Convention was held In the Empire church. 
Our District Sunday-school Secretary, Bro. S. G, HolUnger, 
was with us. Some very Important problems of the Sunday- 
school were well discussed. It was a very profltable meeting, 
and those present enjoyed the day very much. — ^Myrtle M. 
Julius, R. D. 3, Box 213, Modesto. Cal,, Dec, 26. 

Baiain. — Bro. A. L. B. Martin, of Long Beach, this State, 
came among us a week ago, and while sojourning among 
us, getting acquainted with the churches on the coast, he 
preached each evening to good audiences. His excellent ser- 
mons were much enjoyed by all present. — Emma Saylor, 
Ral.'iln City, Cal., Dec, 24. 

Fayette Valley. — Since our last report one more was added 

consisting of recitations, select readings. Christrnas carols 
„„"„l r.t df,..,- tiiP nrocram the teachers distributed a 

treat, consisting of candy and nuts, given to «" Prf' 
There were over one hundred persons in attendance. 
next evening the Payette Sunday-school rendered a aimlia 
program, the treat having been distributed 
the previous day.— S. J. Kenepp, R. D. i 

ayctte, Idaho, 



Eld. J, D. Rife 

Six. letters wero 

Our elder called a 

Boise VftUey.— Dec, 24 Bro. T. A. Robinson gave us a 
good sermon. In the evening the young people and clUldren 
rendered a good Christmas program, .iftcr which Bro. Robin- 
son again preached for us. On Christmas Day we met for 
worship Twelve brethren and sisters ■ took part in the 
exercises We were especially glad for the talks of our young 
members. During the year Just closing we had two commun- 
ions and one revival meeting, One District Meeting was 
also held in this church. We baptized ten and reclaimed 
one. Our present membership is ninety-two We have six 
reeular weekly services at the church, besides those at our 
mis^sion pofnt^-Jennle S, Brower, Meridian. Idaho, Dec. 26. 

Santft re church met in council Dec. 21. Elders J. D. Rife 
and Geo, Swihart were present. Our elder. Amo: 
presided until his successor was chosen, 
was chosen presiding elder for one year 
accepted and one letter was granted, O^i v.^.... ......-..— 

special council for Dec. 2S. The elder made a ^^P-^'-t to IIh' 
church, which was accepted. Nov. 4 Eld. Geo. E. Deardorff. 
of Brethren. Mich., began a series of meetings, continuing 
for two weeks. He delivered his excellent discourses with 
zeal and power. The Interest and attention were good through- 
out the meeting.'?.- F. P. Hosteller, Bennetts Switch. Ind., 

^los^^Angeles.- Friday evening the children of the Boyle 
Heights Mission rendereu a very good Program^ Their 
recitations and songs pertained to the birth of Christ. 
On Sundav morning tbe Los Angelea school gave a Chiist- 
mas program, Bro. M. M. Eshelman followed with a talk on 
■■ How Things Were Done When I Was a Boy, In the even- 
in- the Santa Fe Mission rendered a very good program to 
a full house. We are encouraged to see the .-.mount ofjvork 
being done at our mission points, where 5°'"^J^'i,';.f^l^'^'^|J- 
ren and sisters are laboring each week.— Eva M. Frantz, 3101 
N. Broadway, Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 26. 

imion^Bro. Reuben Schroyer. of New Berlin. Ohio, was 
witli us over two weeks In a revival meeting. He preached 
(he Word with great power, and gave us some very -spiritual 
a^ well as practical sermons. The meeting closed on Christ- 
mas night with five accessions by baptism. Bro. Sbrnyer 
left us in very ill health. We trust that God will bles.s him 
for service yet many years. Since our last report one has 
been restored. An aged sister recently called for the elder.s 
and was anointed.— A- Laura Appelman, Plymouth Ind., 

^Sajita A3ia church met in council Dec. 21. Our elder. Bro. 
S G Lehmer. presided, Considerable business was trnns-- 
acted It was decided to have Bro. Andrew Hutchison hold 
a series of meetings for us, beginning Jan. 21. Our Sunday- 
school was reorganized with Bro. Mark Carl as superintend- 
ent and Bro. Clark Kibble was elected president of the 
Christian Worker.s' Meeting. Bro. B. F. Masterson will be 
our elder for the coming year.— Alta Colbert, 704 West First 
Street. Santa Ana. Cal., Dec. 30. . 

Patterson.— Since our last report we have enaoyed a visit 
by Bro J N Gwin. who preached for us Dec. 16. both morn- 
ing and evening. He was greeted with a good crowd of 
attentive listeners. Our Sunday-school is moving along nicely 
and is in a good, healthy condition. Bro. S. F. Sanger gave 
us two excellent sermons Dec. 23, which were listened to 
with marked attention. We were glad for the presence of 
these brethren. The Lord could use more workers here, and 
especially an energetic minister, and more good Sunday-- 
school workers. We have had several inquiries about this 
country and will be glad to answer many more. — O. S. Gil- 
bert, Patterson, Ca!., Dec. 26. 


AH the State Districts, except one, have paid their full 
quota of 2 cents per member for 1911, together with all 
arrears for the years 1907 to 1910, inclusive. I want to 
thank each District Treasurer for his faithful and prompt 

A one cent per member quota will be collected for 1912, 
which, I believe, will meet the expenses for the ensuing 
year. The one cent per member quota for 1912 is iiow 
due, and I ask, as a favor, that each District Treasiirer 
remit his quota on or before May 1, 1912; at which date 
my l)Ooks close for the fiscal year. 

C. M. Wenger, 
Annual Meeting Treasurer. 

1207 Miami Street, South Bend, Ind. 


The Fifth Annual Sunday-school Institute of Northeastern 
Ohio is to be held in the First Church of the Brethren, 807 
Coburn Street, Akron, Ohio, Jan, 23-25. 


6: 45, Devotional. 

7:^30, Sunday-school Management and Problems. — I^ B. Trout. 

8: OO; The Teacher and Teaching. — D. H. Zlgler, 
WBDimSDAT, JAir. 24. 
Forenoon Serrlces. 

9: 00. Song Service. — In charge of Mrs. A, F. Shrlver. 

9:30, Bible Study in the Sunday-school, — D. H. Zlgler. 

10:30, Church Doctrines and Ordinances.— I, B. Trout, 
Afternoon Services. 

1:30, The Teacher and Teaching.— D. H. Zlgler, 

2: 30, Sunday-school Management and Problems.— I. E. 

3:30, Half-hour Question Box. — Bro. Zigler. 

6: 30. Song Service. 

7:30, Our Sunday-school Work.— D. H, Zlgler, 

8:00, Doctrines and Ordinances,— I. B. Trout. 
Forenoon Services, 

3:30. Bible Study in the Sunday-school.— D. H, Zigler. 

10: 30, Sunday-school Management and Problems. — I. B, 

Aftemoou Services. 

1:30, Doctrines and Ordinances. — I, B. Trout, 

2: 30, The Teacher and Teaching, — D. H. Zlgler. 

3: 30, Half-hour Question Box. — I. B. Trout. 

6: 00, Song Service, 

7: 00, Value and Equipment of the Country Sunday-school.— 
D. H. Zlgler. 

8: 00, Sunday-school Management and Problems. — I. B. 

"Kingdom Songs" will be used in tho song services. 

Committee: D. R. McFadden, O. H. Bechtel, C. H. Murray. 


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The Gospel Messenger 


Vol.61. CVo^^ti"") 

Elgin, 111., January 13, 1912. 

No. 2. 



the best possible end 
sources. One might 

A Governor in the Penitentiary. 

It was one niglit only that Governor Hooper, of Ten- 
nessee, spent voluntarily in prison, but it was a 
test not without some salutary lessons. He got new tdeas 
about prisoners and their treatment, and .s free to say, 
"After all a prison is a terrible place, however humane 
the management and conditions. It shall be my purpose 
hereafter to do all I can in the reform of couv.cts, and 
turn them out better citizens." As the first step toward 
improved conditions Governor Hooper proposes the nn- 
mediate establishing of a school for the yoimger prisoners 
especially, believing that adequate traming 
start the mind in right channels. Prope 
training are important factors in all reform work,— a fact 
that can not be eiuphasized too strongly. 

Russia Legislating Against Liquor. 

Perhaps none of the so-called civilized nations is so 
fully given to the use of intoxicants as is Russia, and any 
effort for the better, however insignificant it may seem to 
be, is worthy of commendation. The recent enactment 
by' the Douma prohibits the sale of liquor in all Govern- 
orks and institutions, and also in all places of 

,vill go far to 
■ environment and 


ment woi 

public amusement. .Instruction is to be given 
schools as to the harmfulness of alcoholic stimulants. 
While this, perhaps, is not so far-reaching as might seem 
desirable it is, nevertheless, a good beginning, and sliows 
that the 'members of the Douma have the best interests 
of the country at heart. Two often the legislative bodies, 
—even in some of the States of our own country,— are 
more an.Kious to cater to the liquor interests than to the 
general welfare of the people. 

Conflicting Interests in China. 

While a number of China's provinces have signified 
their preference for a republican form of government, 
with Dr. Sun Yat Sen as president, the indications for a 
general acceptance of that plan by the remaining prov- 
Tnccs is somewhat problematical. Undar date of Jan. 5 
renewed hostilities, near Hankow, province of Hu-Peh. 
are reported, and hundreds of lives have been sacrificed 
on the bloody field of battle. Dr. ,Sun Yat Sen, as provi- 
sional president of the proposed Chinese republic, has is- 
i manifesto to the foreign powers, in which he takes 

in the development of b^gypt's rc- 
cll wish that more of our spiritual 
leaders today would administer the business of the Lord's 
house in an equally efficient manner. Tactfulness, 
coupled with a high degree of spirituality, is often sadly 
lacking in those who attempt to subserve the best inter- 
ests of the church. 

The Just Retribution of a Scoffer. 
That the Lord even today most effectually brings to 
naught the evil devices of the wicked, is shown in the 
life of W. C. Brann, founder of the atheistic " Iconoclast," 
and in the quite different career of his son, who is now an 
active and most efficient minister of the Gospel. W. C. 
Brann during his life did all that was possible in the 
maligning and breaking down of truth and righteous- 
ness. Possessed of a wonderful talent, his was a gifted 
pen, and his assaults upon the world's standards of re- 
ligion and morality were clothed in the most beautiful 
language. His blows struck the harder because he at- 
tracted the admiration of every eye. His hope was that 
his son would continue in the same work of destruction, 
but through an overruling Providence it now appears that 
the father's confident hope will be blasted, and that the 
son will probably do more in the building up of the 
Living Word than his father was ever able to demolish. 
The Lord still reigns! 

Most I 

Practical Peace Promulgation. 

uraging is the present reaction in favor of i 


more general recognition of peace principles in Engla 
The much to be regretted friction with Germany, es- 
pecially during the adjustment of the Morocco difficulty, 
has naturally left considerable irritation on both sides of 
the water, but Sir Edward Grey now proposes that there 
be a long season of " diplomatic repose," in regard to 
matters of differeiree, and that both countries endeavor to 
forget past vexations. While this suggestion is good 
enough, so far as it goes, it does not reach the scat of the 
trouble, which, as a London religious journal suggests, is 
found iu estranged hearts. The journal suggests that 
Christians of both England and Gerinauy give themselves 
to most earnest and sincere prayer in behalf of peace and 
good will. It urges all to cease talking about an " in- 
evitable war," and to have faith iu the better and not the 
worse tendencies of luinian nature. The point is well 
taken, and worthy of general application to all phases'nl' 
luiinan misunderstandings and bitterness. 

Fruitage as Well as Beauty. 
In the United States the planting of trees along the 
wayside, for their natural beauty as well as their. shade, 
IS a recognized part of the good roads program. In 
Germany the authorities go a step farther, for in many 
parts of the country, for mile after mile, the roadways are 
lined with the best of fruit trees. These are leased an- 
nually, .in sections, to _the highest bidder, the proceeds 
more than maintaining' the most excellent macadamized 
roads. During the fruit-ripening season ample police 
protection by bicycle-mounted ofiicers is given the lessees. 
We glean an important thought on real efliciency from the 
practice above alluded to. Christ expects all his followers 
to be wise stewards of that wherewith he has entrusted 
them. Resources are placed at our command, but the 
question of making the most of them must be solved by 
ourselves. It is not so much-a large amount of available 
working funds, as a wise and profitable use of them that 
will demonstrate our real efiiciency. 

sued a i.,.., ...--.- — - w . , 

a most hopeful view of present prospects, and gives defi- 
nite assurances as to the safety of the persons and prop- 
' crty of foreigners in China. He also asks the aid of for- 
eign nations " for the consummation of the plans which 
they have so long been vainly urging upon the people of 


" Oil upon Troubled Waters." 
Most agreeable it is, to note that New Y'ork, by its es- 
tablishment of the ■■ Domestic Relations Court," is effect- 
ing many most satisfactory reconciliations in the troubled 
world of matrimonial experiences. Hundreds of divorces 
have already been averted, and with added attention to 
the work, still better results bid fair to be obtained in the 
future. The judges are chosen for their rare tact, pa- 
tience and understanding of the frailties of 
women. Thev try to settle the cases that ci 
them in the capacity of peacemakers, rather than as rep- 
resentatives of legal action. Many an unhappy matri- 
monial venture has been adjusted by the mutual promise 
of both parties to " bear and forbear." So successful, in 
this respect, is the New York court of conciliation that 
other cities arc introducing the same plan. Removing the 
causes for divorce will ere long largely diminish the busi- 
ness of both divorce lawyer and divorce court. 

men and 

ne before 

A New British Representative for Egypt. 
Great Britain, in its supreme jurisdiction over the af- 
fairs in the Land of the Nile, has appointed a new repre- 
sentative to guard British interests in that country. Vis- 
count Kitchener, of Khartoum, has been assigned to the 
responsible position, and has already assumed his duties, 
succeeding the late Sir Eldon Gorst. His task is not an 
easy one. He is in a land full of strife and unrest, where 
the tendencies to national self-rule are daily becoming 
more aggressive, and where the recent developments 
concerning Tripoli and Morocco suggest the feasibility 
of demanding popular representation and complete inde- 
pendence. Lord Kitchener, while known as " the man of 
iron," is possessed, nevertheless, of much native shrewd- 
ness, which leads him to a most tactful adjustment of 
pending difficulties, and a happy avoidance of possible 
friction. His management of affairs will doubtless be 
satisfactory to Great Britain and, at the same time, meet 

Mayor Gaynor's Arraignment o£ Ministers. 

When, recently, a New York Ministerial Association in- 
vited Mayor Gaynor of that city to address them, he com- 
plied with their request, though not, perhaps, as they an- 
ticipated. We give a few extracts, well worth remember- 
ing: " How does your influence as ministers, affect the 
community? Do you reach put among the unfortunate 
and the lowly, and lift them up? When I go to the churches 
of this city, only half full, and look at the fine pews, and 
carpets, and cushions, and see that but few, if any, of the 
world's toilers are there, I wonder if your church, after 
all is not a flat failure in reaching those who need it 
most." What Mayor Gaynor said to the New York min- 
isters, may well be taken to heart, in a wider and still 
more extended sense, by every city worker in our own 
ranks. Unless we, as a church, reach out to even the 
poorest of the community all around us, in the most help- 
ful way, we are not living up to our highest possibilities, 
nor to the example of the Great Teacher. 

An Unwarranted Accusation. 
Too often there is altogether too much thoughtless and 
malignant dispara; 
more particularly, 
compiled data of 

.....lit of the children of ministers, and, 
their sons. Judging by the carefully- 
Who's Who in America? "—an annual, 
undoubted authority,— it is seen that of 
those, deemed worthy of mention in its pages, one name 
in twelve is that of a minister's son. There are eighteen 
times as many ministers' sons mentioned as those of oth- 
er professional men. Among men renowned in English 
history an investigator found 1,270 sons of ministers, 510 
sons of lawyers, and 350 sons of doctors. Of the forty- 
ci"lit foreign members of the English Academy of Sci- 
eirc-e one in every six was reared in a minister's home. 
Speaking of this matter, it must also be remembered that 
heartless critics are often far more ready to note even 
the slightest discrepancy in the conduct of ministers' chil- 
dren than to appreciate their many virtues. Upon the 
whole it would be Well if all concerned would learn to 
look for the best in ministers' children and all others, 
remembering that even the best of us are not perfect in 
God's sight. 

The Bible Was Not Removed. 
.At the recent Milwaukee convciitioii of the "Gideons," 
— the ass.ociation of Christian traveling men, — some in- 
teresting facts were brought out in connection with their 
Bible distribution to hotels, during the last few years. 
So far more than 108,000 Bibles have been placed in 
American hotels, and most gratifying are the results re- 
ported from all parts of the country. Only a very few 
hotels have refused admittance to the Sacred Volume, 
and most of the hotel men are heartily in accord with the 
movement. One of the Gideons told of a guest at a South 
Dajiota hotel, who insolently ordered the porter to re- 
move the Bible from his room. This was brought to the 
attention of the proprietor, who promptly requested the 
guest to remove himself from the hotel, saying, "A man 
who has so little respect for the Word of God can not stay 
with me." All honor to any man who, in the courage uf 
his convictions, will constitute himself a champion of the 
Eternal Word, — man's greatest treasure. — which " shall 
not pass away," even though heaven and earth be re- 
moved. . 

Considerate Treatment of Missionaries. 
A most encouraging feature, in connection with the 
present disturbances in China, is the fact that the mis- 
sionaries, as a rule, have been accorded the most amiable 
and respectful consideration that could be given under 
the circumstances. Revolutionists and imperialists alike 
have been anxious to express assurances of protection. 
At Kutien the leader of the Reform Society, Sia Husi, ex- 
pressed his great satisfaction with the efforts of the mis- 
sionaries located there, acknowledging that the people of 
the town and vicinity had been greatly helped, in every 
way, by the instruction received. He comincnded the 
missionaries for the many schools, orphanages, hospitals, 
and similar institutions, eslahlislied throughout the coun- 
try, and hoped that the country would soon settle down 
to a new and better condition than ever before. The more 
we note the real success of missions, the more we see 
that it consists in the actual and tangible results accom- 
plished in the lives of the people. "Come and see " is, as 
of old, the constant challenge of missions to an unbeliev- 
ing world. 

The Homeless on the Wind-Swept Streets. . 
With the ushering in of the new year, various sections 
of the country, and especially the northwestern portion, 
have been swept by icy blasts, bringing in their train dis- 
tressing scenes of woe and desolation. While the well-to- 
do are not greatly affected by the inclemency of the 
weather, the poor and homeless are made to realize its 
full severity. This was most vividly shown in our 
western metropolis on New Year's Eve. While Chicago's 
society people were reveling in banquet halls and restau- 
rants, intent upon the customary festivities of the season, 
at a lavish outlay of money, hundreds of men,— homeless, 
cold, and hungry,— were forming into a line on a wind- 
swept street, to partake of a roll and cup of hot coffee, 
donated each night by the large-hearted Malcolm McDow- 
ell to the " down-and-out " of humanity. Only a part of 
the men enjoyed the luxury of an overcoat, and many of 
them, after their frugal meal, knew of no place where to 
lay their head, the Municipal Lodging House and other 
places of the kind being already overcrowded. Thus they 
were forced to walk the streets till morning. If, per- 
chance, a homeless one sank by the wayside, there was 
but the brief mention in next morning's daily, "The body 
of an unidentified man was found frozen in a doorway." 
Surely, "The destruction of the poor is their poverty," 
but at whose hands will the solemn reckoning be required? 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 


) God, n workman that n«deth 

Our Own. 

If 1 liad known in the morning 
How wearily alt the day 
The words unkind 
Would trouble my mind 
J said when you went away, 
I had been more careful, darling, 
Nor given you needless pain; 
But we vex " our own " 
With look and lone 
We might never take back again. 

For though in the quiet evening 

You may give me the kiss of peace, 

Yet it might be 

That never for me 
The pain of the heart should cease. 
How many go forth in the morning 
That never come home at night! 

And hearts have broken 

For harsh words spoken 
That sorrow can ne'er set right. 

We have careful thoughts for the stranger, 
And smiles for the sometime guest, 
But oft for " our own " 
The bitter tone, 
Though we love "our own" the best. 
Ah, lips with the cuA'e impatient! 
Ah, brow with that look of scorn! 
'Twere a cruel fate 
Were the night too late 
To nndo the work of morn. 

— Margaret E. Sangslor. 

Recommendation of Annual Meeting. 

In Two Parts.— Part One.— Work, and Plan Work. 

■■ To develop the home and foreign missionary interest, 
l.y the use of literature, missionary meetings, mis.siou 
study or otherwise." 

The great central thought of Christ's coming is 
pressed in this sentence. His last command was, "Go 
ye therefore, nnd make disciples of all the nations." 
Xo church can he alive to this command until a healthy 
sentiment has been developed. Literature, placed in 
the homes of those who read, develops interest along 
the lines presented in the literature. If people read 
politics their interest grows along political lines. If 
thev read agriculture, horticulture, apiculture, they be- 
come interested, more and more, along the lines of the 
subject pursued. If a man-reads law or medicine he 
soon becomes interested in law or medicine. 

This is doubly true of the Christian who reads along 
missionary lines, because of the influence of the Spirit 
and of Christ's teaching upon this line of work. Most 
Christians who are not interested in missions are not 
informed. To know, is to be interested in proportion 
to the information possessed. Many who are ignorant 
of the possibility of missions are not willfully igno- 
rant. All they need is proper opportunity to know, and 
they will become earnest workers for Christ. 

Each local committee is not only responsible to get 
literature within the reach of the members of the 
church, but it is also responsible to see that missionary 
meetings are held, so as to awaken missionary senti- 
ment in the people in general. It is in the missionary 
meeting that children are awakened and made to see 
the work to be done. It is here that young people are 
stirred with zeal for the Master's cause. Alany 
churches have no missionary meetings simply because 
there is no organized system by which such meetings 
are called. The present plan will give opportunity for 
every local church to have one or more missionary 
meetings each year. If thfs plan is made operative in 
all the churches, the future holds bright prospects for 
the Church of the Brethren. It would take a prophet 
to tell what great work will be done for the Master, 
in the next generation or two, if the present plan were 
made operative. 

Again : this local committee is not to be content with 
mere sentiment; they are to encourage mission study. 
The Christian who is awakened is to be led to the 
study of missions. 

Why .should not our church become a great mission- 
ary churcli? Its Founder, the Lord Jesus Christ, was 
a missionary. Paul, the great apostle, was an active 
missionary. He spent his life in forwarding the cause 
of Christ. Many of our old brethren were missionar- 
ies after Paul's type. They went out into the byways 
and preached often at great sacrifice. 

They spent time and money to forward the cause 
they loved, without ever complaining or murmuring. 
They often went on foot or horseback, but today we 
must use different methods of travel and different 
modes of presenting the old, old story of the cross. 
We need better and more united organization to ac- 
complish the worl; required at our hands. The Lord 
will hold us responsible for any great opportunities 
and now is the time to start to organize for the work. 
The congregations that fail 1o heed the call of Annual 
Meeting, and organize, are standing in their own light. 
If therefore, the Light that is in thee be darkness, how 
great is that darkness ? 

"To have some system of giving by every one, alonp, 
scriptural lines of cheerful, proportionate and weekly giv- 
ing, and to solicit all personally to this end." 

How many churches are stntggling to get the money 
necessary for their actual running expense? Their 
treasuries are always empty and the Lord's work is 
suffering. Why should there be such conditions in a 
land which the Lord has blessed with plenty and to 
spare ? 

It is because there is no system in giving. Without 
some plan by which money is collected, there will be 
only a few that give, and these only as necessity drives 
them to it. 

The Annual j\Ieeting urges that some system of giv- 
ing along gospel lines be put into operation by every 
congregation. This gives liberty to choose whatever 
svstcm a congregation may agree upon along gospel 
hues. The point is to have a system and to work by 
it. That s.\-stem is to reach every member, — none to 
iie excused. 

No member is too poor to enjoy the privilege of 
helping to carry forward the Lord's cause. Christ did 
not excuse the poor wido\v from giving but rather 
commended her liberality. Perhaps many are excus- 
ing themselves from contributing to the Lord's treas- 
ury who are much better able to give than the poor 
widow whom Christ commended. 

What will become of excuses when we stand before 
Tesus, who sees and knows even our secret thoughts? 
The Annual Conference urges a system that will 
excuse none. The poor, the rich, the young, the old, 
are all to be included. Afany young members are ex- 
cused from giving because their parents give. This is 
wrong to the young members. They lose the blessing 
of the grace of giving. They grow up without feeling 
that they are a part of the church working force. The 
best tiine to form the habit of giving is lost. Giving 
in after life is hard to learn and many never get away 
from their early training. The young members should 
be given an opportunity to make some money, and 
then encouraged to devote at least a part of what they 
make to the work of the churph. The church inter- 
ests thus become theirs at least in part; its needs are 
more readily seen. Giving grows to be a joy in pro- 
portion to their love for the church, and for the work 
that it is to do in the world. I am glad that the plan 
of Annual Meeting reaches even the young members, 
and enlists them in the work of giving. 

Tliis plan contemplates cheerful, proportionate giv- 
ing. That means giving as the Lord has prospered us, 
- — not of necessity but willingly, not by compulsion but 
of a ready mind. To give in this way means a bless- 
ing upon the giver, — rich, full and abounding. This 
. kind of giving means a converted heart which makes 
giving a pleasure. To be compelled to give means giv- 
ing grudgingly. Grudgingly to give dwarfs the soul, 
converts the giver into a miser and injures the church. 
The giving is not to be spasmodic, not an occasional 
gift, when some stirring appeal has been made. It is 
10 be regular, a weekly giving, for so the Word of 
(jod directs. This is the only kind of giving that 
means much in the life of a Christian. It is the only 
kind of giving that will form the habit of jiving. It is 
really the only kind of giving that can always be cheer- 
ful giving. It is the one way of giving that develops 

a love for gi\'ing. It is not the big amounts given that 
bless the church and make her efficient, but the regu- 
lar, weekly gifts of every member. 

These regular weekly gifts from e\cry member arc 
like the little grains of sand that make the great moun- 
tains, or like the little drops of water that make the 
niightv oceans. No single member of the body can 
accomplish much, but when every member works in 
harmony, the will of God is manifest. 

That this kind of giving may become a reality, 
the .\nnual Conference says that the committee of 
each local congregation is to solicit all personally. 
This means work for the coinmittee, but it is work 
according to the gospel system and must succeed. If 
the Brotheriiood will hear the call of Annual Meeting, 
and act, there will such a revival sweep over the 
church, in the near future, as has never been known 
in her history. 

If this call to better and closer organization and 
work is heeded, there will follow, in the near future, 
not only a re\'ival of spiritual power, but such an in- 
gathering into the fold as will make great rejoicing 
on earth and in heaven. To fall into line is to forward 
the work beyond what we can comprehend; to fail is 
to retard the work and dwarf the cause of Christ. 

Bridqcivciier. J'a. 

Why We Believe in Christianity. 

In Five Parts. — Part Two. — Reason Number Two. 

PiiXAiiSE its source is God through Christ, ours is a 
living faith. Since the Mohannnedans have a sacred 
h'lerature and the Buddhists have a sacred literature, 
\vc nmst go farther than simply saying that we have 
ri sacred literature. We have, besides that, a Christ,— 
an eternal, unchangeable, onmiscient. onmipotent 

Let us compare the Founder of our Christianity 
with the founders of some other religions. In Mo- 
hammedanism we find an account of the birth of Mo- 
hammed, and especially of his youth. His own biog- 
rapher says of him (Mohammed") that he was, for 
some time.* a complete maniac. Mohammed says of 
himself: "T hear a strange sound; I see a light; I 
fear the evil spirits are making sport of ine." He 
began to fear for his reason.' The founder of a reli- 
gion and insane, a maniac who believes evil spirits are 
after him, and yet men will follow him and his sys- 
tem ! 

Buddhism has as its founder a man Gotama (Bud- 
flha) who could not rest at ease after he grew to man- 
hood. At twenty-nine he fled from his home, leaving' 
wife and child and the glittering world, and became a 
mendicant. He preferred the yellow robe to the pur- 
l)!e robe of state. Since Buddha does not claim in- 
carnation but supreme enlightenment, we must see 
whether his claims are justifiable. One statement is 
sufficient to show him holding false claims : " He 
found no place for such a being as God. but he be- 
lieved in gods as the Hindus did." 

For Zoroastrianism we can say about the same as 
for the other two. and so all the way around the cycle 
of heatlien. man-made religions. Zoroastrianism was 
liegun by a man named Zoroaster. Some men con- 
si<ler him only a mythical character but let us allow, 
as we did for the others, a real existence for him. He 
has arranged a wonderful system of divinities and 
])riests, but that does not prove his divinity as a found- 

Let us now examine the Founder of our system, and 
--ee wherein be is greater: 

(1) We Iku'c an accotmt of his liirth. It was dif- 
ferent from that of any other child. "Conceived by the 
Holy Ghost." 

(2) We ha\"e an account of his baptism. All other 
)ieople that were baptized went about their business 
without any special manifestations, but before this 
man got away from the water, the heavens were 
opened unto him and he saw the Spirit of God de- 
scending like a dove and lighting upon him: and a 
voice from heaven said: "This is my beloved Son in 
whoin I am well pleased." 

(3) In this Book which we have proved true, we 
read an accotmt of four men going up into a mountain, 
and there appeared two men who had been away from 

1:HE gospel messenger— January 13, 1912. 


this earth for a number of years. Only upon one 
(Tesus) of these six men, did the Spirit descend and 
of him did the voice say: " This is my beloved Son, 
in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye Iiim." 

(4) In the prophecies we read of one that should 
come and preach to the poor, etc., and we find Jesus 
reading that portion and saying: "The Spirit of the 
Lord ^s upon me, because he hath anointed me to 
preach the gospel to the poor : lie hath sent me to heal 
the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the cap- 
tives and recovering- of sight to the blind, to set at 
liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable 
year of the Lord." 

(5) Many men could see the bodies of other men, 
but of none was it ever said: "He did not commit 
himself to them for he knew wdiat was in man." When 
he came to a certain place he asked them (his disci- 
ples), " Why reasoned ye along the way?" He was 

■ omniscient. In Matt. 28; 18 he is reported as having 
said : " All powei' is given unto me in heaven and in 
earth." It would b.e a bold assertion were it not true. 

(6) We must pass by many prerogatives of his and 
name Init one more.— the crowning one.— the resur- 
rection. We can not go into the intricate proof which 
it has been necessary to work out for some skeptical 
minds, but we state here, as a fact, that Christ arose 
from the dead. Does any other system even claim 
the resurrection of its founder? In his resurrection 
he conquered the last enemy,- Death. Never before 
nor since was it said that " I lay down my life that I 
might take it again. ... I have power to lay it 
down, and I have power to take it again." 

Above all, the testimony of the Father, concerning 
the Founder of our system, is of most importance and 
weight. Read sometime the seventeenth cliapter of 
John's Gospel and in it you will find that the Father, 
loved Christ from the foundation of the world; that 
he sent him into the world: that he dwelt in him; that 
he gave him all power; that he gives believers to him; 
and that he glorifies him. What an array of testimony 
for the Founder of the system, which every Christian 
has espoused 1 That is scarcely a beginning of what 
we could ofl=er. Those are things that were written of 
his earthly career of thirty-three years.. How much 
would we have if we had his whole life and works! 
" The world could not contain the books." 

Brother, friend or slceptic, can you find another sys- 
tem,— Shintoism, Taoism, New Theology, or what 
not, that has such a Founder? I am going to stand by 
Christianitv, God helping me. until a greater is found ! 
Loiiisrille. Ky. 

Notes and Jottings on Recent Sunday- 
School Lessons. 

nv r. J. ROSEN'nERGER. 

Though our Sunday-school lessons for 1911 have 
now closed, I want to notice the lessons in Ezra 
and Nehemiah. \\'hen Israel's time for their return 
from their bondage came, God had two necessary things 
ready, a king willing to let the captives go, and a man, 
—Zerubbabel,— ready to lead them over that long, 
lonely desert road to their home city. How interesting 
to remember that God had named this heathen king, 
Cyrus, long before his birth, designating him as the 
prime mover in rebuilding the temple ! Good Josiah 
-was named, and the work he would do, hundreds of 
years before Iw was born. Surely, such a God is mar- 
velous, " and his ways are past finding out." It is 
said, " The Lord stirred the spirit of Cyrus."- God 
gets little or no good of men, unless his Spirit stirs 

their spirit. 

I. Zerubbabel's Part. 

Notice the wisdom in his order of effort; (1) "The 
people gathered as one man" fimiffrfj. (2) "They 
set the altar on its base " (prayer). (3) " They of- 
fered burnt ofl'erings" (worship). Their services 
were " morning and evening " (twice each day) 
order of their devotion, prefacing their work 
thy of imitation. 

God's Work Always Meets With Opposition: Theirs 
Was From Two Sources. 

F;rj(.— Their opposers proposed a union effort, say- 
ing: " Let us build with you; for we seek your God 
as ye do; and we sacrifice to him since the days of 

Esar-haddon." Listen to their uncompromising reply : 
" But Zerubbabel, Jcshna and the rest of the chief of 
the fathers saiil : Ye have nothing to do with us to 
build an house miln our God; but we ourselves will 
build together unto the Lord God of Israel, as king 
Cyrus hath commanded us." A law to Israel was: 
" Thou shalt make no covenant with them nor their 
gods." The gospel teaching on this line is: "Though 
we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel 
to you than that we have preached unto you let him be 
accursed. As we said before, so say I now again. If 
any man preach any other gospel unto yon, than that 
\c have received, let him be accursed." — Paul. Again. 
" If there come any unto you, and bring not this doc- 
trine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him 
Godspeed: for he that biddeth him Godspeed is par- 
taker of his evil deeds."— /o/iii. These ought to set- 
tle the question of the propriety of brethren joining in 
union services, either preaching, prayer or union Sun- 
day-school conventions. These do not teach all the 
Gospel: which is so sternly enjoined upon us again 
and again, followed by a sore penalty for not doing so. 
These union efforts will at least weaken the faith of 
the weak, and we are sure to lose out in our simple 
life and the simplicity of pure Gospel worship. I fa- 
vor union on a gospel basis. Zerubbabel's example is 
vivid proof against this so-called union worship, just 
as Paul's example in Acts 19 is vivid proof for rebap- 
tism. Follow God's servant in each, and we will be 
safe, infallibly safe. Hgw thoroughly well furnished 
is the servant of God for every good work 1 

Second. — Having failed in mingling with God's peo- 
ple, to pollute their doctrine, their enemies make an- 
other effort, — coercion. " They made them to cease 
by force." This latter cruel method, the devil eni- 
pioved for centiyies, but for some time he has em- 
ploj'ed a more tactful method, and his success has been 
amazing; yes, alarming! Satan now gently mingles 
with the people, imitating and polluting the people 
and the service. Paul tells us that " Satan is trans- 
formed into an angel of light ... his ministers 
have transformed themselves into the apiJstles of 
Christ ... as ministers of righteousness." We 
read of the synagogue of Satan, the table and cup of 
devils, hence the devil has a full outfit, and he is 
making a good showing. The house was finished by 
order of King Darius, and dedicated with joy. King 
Hiram was a factor in the first building of the templf ; 
and King Cyrus and Darius were important factors 
in rebuilding it. God often makes wicked men his 
servants in aiding in his work, yet they are not al- 
lowed any of the saving benefits, because they were 
simply servants and not sons. It is sons,— heirs. — 
that will receive heirship, and not servants. 

s wor- 

II. Ezra's Part. 
Ezra was a ready scribe and a priest of his people 
in Babylon. His devotion and zeal moved him to 
action in behalf of the suffering cause in the city of 
his fathers. King .-Vrtaxerxes issued a decree, giving 
permission for the people to go, led by Ezra ; and to 
take the necessary funds, giving Ezra recourse to the 
provincial treasuries. The amount is said to have been 
$2,000,000. Besides this there were costly vessels. 
These were weighed out to twelve men who, when 
they arrived at Jerusalem, accounted for them by 
weight. This indicates that the Lord's work is done 
with accuracy. The talents given us are all numbered, 
—one, three, or five. .AH will have to be accounted for 
in that final reckoning. Every work will be brought 
into judgment, with every secret thing. We are much 
inclined to overlook the little things. Not so with 
God. He notices thoughts,— secret things. The hairs 
of our head are numbered. He guards the least com- 
mandment. The giving of a cup of cold water in the 
name of a disciple will get due notice. Solomon said 
that the little foxes destroyed the vines in his day, and 
they do now. 

On Ezra's arrival they offered burnt offerings. The 
funds were paid over, the letters to the governors 
were read; and there was joy in the camp; but the 
people seemed to have come to Ezra at once with their 
grievances, as follows : 

1. "The priests and Lcviles have not separated 
themselves from the people of the land." Is not that 
one of the leading source 

day, with that class and kind ? I never knew a trouble 
of any consequence, in which the priests and Levites 
of the church were not involved. The rule is, loyal 
officials lead a loyal body. All causes of divisions, and 
divisions themselves, are led by the priests and Levites 
of the church. 

2. " The holy seed have mingled themselves ivith 
the people, . . . taken strange wives." Upon re- 
ceiving this message, Ezra rent his clothes, plucked 
the hair of his head and beard, and sat astonished. In 
that devout prayer on his knees he said : " I am 
ashamed and blush to lift my face to thee, my God." 
•After a season of fasting and prayer they assembled 
to adjust the matter. They said: " Let it be settled 
according to law." That was the right basis. Ezra 
made a proclamation, giving them three days to come 
to Jerusalem and report their cases for settlement. 
Their failing to do so would be at once followed by 
their expulsion. Ezra did not allow them three 
months nor three years, for he knew it was wicked 
for sinners to procrastinate. It would be wicked to 
allow the righteous to engage in sin. " Evil men wax 
worse and worse." so does evil wax worse and worse; 
the longer the worse. 

Ezra read the outline of their settlement thus: (I) 
" Make confession unto the Lord God." (2) Separate 
yourselves from the strange people of the land. (3) 
Separate from your strange wives. The committee 
was Ezra, with certain chief of their fathers. They 
sat faithfully in session for over two months, — a 
lengthy session of committee work ! The wise thing 
to do is to see that the committee's work is accepted 
and carried out. So tlid the Jerusalem committee sent 
to .Antioch. 

III. Nehemiah's Part. 

Nehemiah was a captive in Susan,, and was pro- 
moted to be the king's cupbearer. He received the fol- 
lowing sad news of the city of his fathers: "The 
remnant that are left of the captivity there in the 
province, are in great afflictions and reproach ; the 
w:dls of the city are broken down, and the gates there- 
of are burned with fire." This sad news threw 
Nehemiah in great distress, and, like a faithful serv- 
ant, he took the matter to the Lord in prayer. Nehe- 
miah named the cause of his grief to the king. Nehe- 
miah was given a leave of absence, with letters to the 
different governors for material to rebuild the walls. 
Zerubbabel had rebuilt the temple; Ezra had replen- 
ished the treasury, deposed the disloyal priests and. 
with a strong hand, had dissolved the illegal marriages. 
The foregoing was all right and well done ; but. why 
all this distress? I answer: The city was without 
walls, and an oriental city without walls is like a 
church without government, hence the work is not 
all done. What pressing need there is of walls,— gov- 
ernment, — for this our modern city, the church ! We 
do not so much need a Zerubbabel for our temple, the 
church that Christ himself Iniilt. We are in some 
need of an Ezra, to set things in order that are out of 
order, but we are in most pressing need of a Nehe- 
miah, to rebuild shattered walls. Many of her gates 
are gone, and I suppose they have been burned. Do 
I not voice the sentiment of the reader, when I say 
that the churches around us have well nigh lost every 
vestige of their government? They live in a city with- 
out walls. May there not be some in our own beloved 
Fraternity trending in that direction? 
Cnvinglon, Ohio. 

: of trouble in the church to- 

Wreck Number One. 

ItV w. M. MOWE. 

M.WBE the man was not sane, from all viewpoints, 
whom men called crazy because he took his little family 
out driving in a nice new carriage behind his five-year- 
old colt. 

This busy and successful merchant had bought a 
yearling that he fancied and he made it comfortable in 
his empty stable, where it was well fed. It ran in a 
vacant lot, where it chose greens to its liking and 
where it drank fresh water from a mountain stream. 
The colt developed into a beautiful creature. It had 
nothing to do but to eat, drink, sleep, kick at the flies, 
and play with its merchant master a minute each day 
at noon. .An aged neighbor was employed to groom it 
regularly and well. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 

riii^ nicr.-liant was not a farmer, but his wife 
owned .1 farm and from it. to their doora, came prod- 
uce of everv kind. In their estimation the colt cost 
ihem nothing, while it was maturing rapidly into a 
fuU-sirown horsj.. 

The merchant knew a> well as the average man that 
tanners ^renerallv -break" their eolts. but for this he 
bad not found any time. He never really thought of 
o-oinc' out of his wav to find time to tram his colt. It 
wn.^nn exceptional colt. After he had fed it, cared 
for it and plaved with the beautiful creature for years, 
he felt that they could not know each other better or 
trust each other more implicitly. 

Cert.iinlv. he had often thought of hitching his 
faithful ""Dobbin" to the bugg>'. Indeed, he won- 
dered when be would t\nd time. When his wife and 
little son and daughter urged him to buy a carnage at 
once and give them also the joy of the first ride be- 
hind their pet. he consented. The outfit was entirely 
new.— horse, harness, driver and all. How proud 
they were when they started out of the village over a 
road that the voung horse had never seen ! They had 
gone but a short half mile when from behind a hill 
some innocent sheep came suddenly into view. Dob- 
bin at once became unmanageable. In a moment he 
behaved so unlike a pet and apparently gave abundant 
evidence of possessing any other quality than that of 

Other horses were employed to bring thep home. 
Three bruised bodies, containing as many broken 
hearts, and having more than one broken bone, were 
helped back to their comfortable home. The lifeless 
bodv of the mother was brought by other friends. All 
ibis' happened because a fine, well-fed and well- 
groomed pet was not well cared for, not trained, not 
■■ broken." 

This merchant was never called crazy before. In 
the eves of his neighbors this was the one big blunder 
of his life. Even he admits that twice over he acted 
most foolishly. He not only failed to train (break) 
his colt, but he foolishly. expected' the colt to act like 
an old horse. 

:\Iany of my readers will coincide with the critics of 
this man, who acted so unwisely. But now we desire 
to press close to our hearts a question about those 
boys and girls in your homes and mine. Must not 
those little ones be trained as surely as the colts in our 
barns? Do we not find it an easy task to feed, to 
clothe, and even to educate them in the schools that 
are at our doors? But how many of us are fully as 
diligent when it comes to training them for Christ and 
the church? The world expects the former. Does 
that make it easy? God expects the latter which, in- 
deed, includes the former. With his Spirit we may be 
sure that whatever he asks is easy to perform. 

A\"e are made to wonder how many broken-hearted 
fathers and mothers this old world has, just because 
the boys and girls did not get, in their early years at 
home, heaven-born impressions of sacred duties and 
holy things. Untrained boys and girls may be trusted 
no farther than untrained colts. 

Johnsto'i'ii. Pa. 

Annual Meeting Papers. 

The following is a list of the papers, so far as re- 
ceived, to be presented to the Annual Conference, at 
York, for consideration. If there are other papers, 
they should be sent us without delay ; 
The Rebaptism Question. 

Frons the Danville church, by the consent of thi^ Diistricl 
Meeting of Northeastern Ohio, to the General Conference of 
the Church of the Brethren of 1910: Will this Conference 
grant that all persons who have been baptized by trine im- 
mersion, according to Matt. 28: 19, and for the remission of 
sins, according to Acts 2: 38, and by an administrator who 
believes .such baptism scriptural, may be received into the 
■■ Church of the Brethren "' by the right hand of fellowship and 
kiss of charity, after the usual instructions are given and 
assented to? 

Answer. — Referred to a committee of three, with instruc- 
tions to investigate the whole subject of rebaptism and report 
to next Annual Meeting. 

Committee: J. C. Bright, Jesse C. Ziegler, Jolin Ilcckmnn. 
Committee's Seport for 1911. 

We decide that members of other churches, wlio have been 
baptized by trine immersion according to Matt. 28: 19, who arc 
in harmony with us as to the nature and design of baptism, 
whose motive is a closer fellowship with Christ, may be re- 
ceived into the Church of the Brethren without rebaptism; 
provided, first, that the former baptism shall have been per- 
formed by a church whose regular form of baptism is trine 
immersion; second, that they fully assent to Instructions 
uHually given to applicants, according to Minutes of Annual 
Meeting. Art- 7, 1886, page 19 of " ClasBifled Minutes"; third. 

II... t tii,.v shall be willing lo receive the laying on of hands 
Vccomnanied with pri4r ( U has been neglected) and be 
receiveTlnto the clfurch by the right hand of fellowship and 
the salutation of the holy idss. .,_,., ,.„ ,,,>r,.iiv 

All former decisions in conflict with this decision are hereb> 

'''committee: John Calvin Bright, Jesse Ziegler, John Hcck- 

'" Answer— This question was "-^committed and the '^9I"'^^--l°_ 
enlarged by two members viz.. E. B. HofE and J. H. Long 
encclter. , „, J 

Report of Rebaptism Committee for VJl^. 

T!ic New Testament plainly teaches that those who be- 
lieve, repent and are baptized by trine immersion for the 
remission of sins have the promist of the gift of the Holy 
Spirit and thus come into fellowship with the people of 
God (Mark 16: 16; Matt. 28: 19, 20; Acts 2: 38-42). 

We urge the churches to teach faithfully and observe 
this doctrine, and be cautious in receiving others into the 
Church of the Brethren without rebaptism. 

Committee: John C. Bright, Jesse Ziegler, John Heck- 
man, J. H, Longcnecker. E. B. Hoff. 
Voting and Politics. 

We the Sacramento Valley church, petition Annual Meeting, 
through District Meeting of Northern California, to give a re- 
statement of our attitude toward voting, and politics in 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

Answer: Decided to commit this paper to a committee of 
three brethren to report to next Annual Meeting the attitude 
of the Church of the Brethren on voting and politics. 

rommittco: W. M. Howe. G. W. Lentz, D. N. EUer. 
Report of tlic Committee. 

1. It is evident that the governments of this .world are 
ordained of God, and that it is our. duty to pray for them 
and in all things to render unto them their dues (Matt. 
22: 21; Rom. 13: 1-7). 

2. However, the church of Jesus Christ is no part of 
this world system. The child of God is to be in the world 
but of the church, furthering her interests, raising her 
standards and enlarging her borders (John 17: 15, 16; 
18: 36)- ~ 

3. We, -therefore, urge the Brethren not to allow tticm- 
selves to become entangled in politics, nor even interested 
in a way that would lessen their zeal for the salvation of 
souls, or in a way that might militate against their use- 
fulness in the church (2 Tim. 2: 3, 4). 

4. We advise that Brethren neither vote nor accept an 
office of any kind, unless they are convinced that by sn 
doing they can render more acceptable service to God 
and to the church. 

5. We urge that the brethren shall accept no office, the 
performance of the duties- of which would require the 
use of physical force or which might compromise, in any 
way, tho,nonresistant principles of the Gospel of Christ 
(Matt. 5: 38. 39; John IS: 36). ■ 

6. AVe recommend that, when moral questions are at 
issue, the Brethren may present themselves at the polls 
and cast their vote for peace, for purity, and for right- 
eousness, at every opportunity, but always as becometh 
men professing godliness. 

Committee, W. M. Howe, G. W. Lentz, D. N. Kller. 

Northern California. 

1. The Empire church petitions Annual Meeting through 
District Meeting of Northern California to decide that no 
deacon -or minister who uses tobacco shall exercise in his 
office' as long as he continues its use. ' 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

2. The Empire church and also the Raisin church ask 
District Meeting to call for Annual Meeting to be held in 
the District of Northern California in 1913. 

Sent to Annual Meeting. 

Idaho and Western Montana. 
The members in the above sections apply to Annual 
Meeting of 1932 to be received as a new District, 
Middle Indiana. 
We, the Monticello church, ask Annual Meeting- 
through District Meeting to grant State Districts the 
right to locate Annual Meeting in another State District, 
where it can be done by mutual consent of both Districts. 
Sent to Annual Meeting. 

Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. 

1. In order that those connected with our schools and 
colleges, which have become "an important factor in our 
church life and work, may enjoy the advantage of attend- 
ing Annual Conference, we petition Annual Meeting, 
tlirough District Meeting, to set the second Tuesday in 
June upon which to open the business sessions of our An- 
nual Meeting. 

Answer.—Request granted and we ask Annual Meeting 
to fix tlie day named upon which to open the business of 

Passed to .'\nnual Meeting. 

2. Whereas, the holding of our Annual Meetings on fair- 
grounds and in theaters is not consistent with the simple 
life, and detracts from the spiritual advantages we should 
enjoy, and whereas the acoustic properties of many of 
these places are so defective that but few can hear the 
speeches made, we ask Annual Meeting, through District 
Meeting, that hereafter our Conferences be held on 
grounds' dedicated to religious assemblies or in cities 
where auditoriums with good acoustic properties may be 
had; Answer. — Request granted. 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

3. Whereas, under the present plan of holding Annual 

Meeting. Standing Committee is changed every year, 
much to the hindrance of its most effective work, we 
therefore ask Annual Meeting, through District Meeting, 
Id decide that members of the Standing Committee be 
elected for a term of three years, except those first elect- 
ed under this plan. The acting Standing Committee, 
when this passes Annua! Meeting, shall determine by lot 
one-third of its membership, which shall serve three years, 
one-third two years and the remainder one year. An eld- 
er serving three years shall be ineligible for three years. 
All decisions in conflict with this are hereby repealed. 

Answer.— We request Annual Meeting to adopt and 
make effective this plan for electing Standing Committee. 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

4. Northern Illinois and Wisconsin petitions Annual 
Meeting of 1912 to decide that the place of locating our 
General Conferences shall be decided by the delegate 
body instead of the Standing Committee. 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

5. Northern Illinois and Wisconsin asks for Annual 
Meeting for 1913, and if petition be granted, said meeting, 
by the consent already obtained of the elders of Northern 
Indiana, will be held at Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

6. With a view of more efficiently developing the ability 
of our young people and directing effort along organized 
lines, we, the Elgin congregation, through District Meet- 
ing, petition Annual Conference of 1912 to appoint a com- 
mittee of three brethren to formulate plans for a general 
organization of the Christian Workei-s' Society; this com- 
mittee to report plan for adoption at Annual Conference 
of 1913. Answer.— Petition granted. 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

Northern Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. 

In \iew of the fact tliat there is a grave danger today of 
the minister of the Gospel not being sound In " the faith 
which was once delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3), but 
rather after the manner of 2 Tim. 4: 3, 4; and, whereas 
the needs of the church require that they be fully equipped 
for their work, according to 2 Tim. 2;- 15, we, the Root 
River church, petition the District Meeting of Northern 
Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota to ask Annual Con- 
ference to authorize the appointment, or election in each 
State District of a committee of three elders who shall not 
only do the work of the Ministerial Committee authorized 
by Annual Meeting of 1906 (page 826, Compiled Minutes 
of Annual Meeting), but shall also determine upon the 
spiritual and educational fitness of all persons called to 
the ministry, in keeping with a test to be provided by An- 
nual Conference. Passed to Annual Meeting. 
Middle Missouri. 

1. Inasmucii. as there is a growing interest in the work 
of caring for orphans and homeless children in some of 
our church Districts, and much good is being accom- 
plished' thereby, while in other Districts no organized 
work is being done; also, as the plan for such work adopt- 
ed by Annual Meeting of 1910 does not provide for mak- 
ing effective the recommendations made. Sec. 1, 3 and 7, 
the Warrensburg church petitions Annual Meeting, 
through District Meeting, to provide for carrying out 
those recommendations by appointing a General Commit- 
tee of three brethren from various parts of the Brother- 
hood to work under the following additions to the plan 
adopted in 1910; 

(1) That members of this committee shall be appointed 
for three years except those first appointed, who shall 
serve respectively one, two and three years, and until a 
successor be appointed. 

(2) That they shall work to create sentiment in favor 
of caring for orphans and homeless children, and assist 
in organizing for such work where Districts have not so 
provided, all to be done in harmony with the needs of 
such Districts and methods there adopted. 

(3) That they shall keep in touch with the work through- 
out the Brotherhood, study the various methods in use, 
and encourage the general adoption of the best methods 
found among our own workers or elsewhere. 

(4) That they shall publish, according to Sec. 7, plan of 
1910, such information as they find will be helpful to the 
Child Saving cause. 

(5) That the expenses of the General Committee shall 
be provided by those in sympathy with the work, to be 
secured as provided for in Sec. 5, plan of 1910, or such 
other means as are found advisable and as are in harmony 
with the usages of the Church of the Brethren: 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

The members in this State will apply to the Annual 
Meeting of 1912 to be received as a new District. 

1. Inasmuch as the Annual Meeting claims to make 
nothing mandatory except that for which they have a 
" thus saith the Lord," we ask, therefore, for the authority 
for making a two-cent levy on each member, and refusing 
to allow a delegate to represent District when the levy 
has not beeti paid. 

Answer: Passed to Annual Meeting. 

2. Three calls for Annual Meeting in the Tennessee Dis- 
trict—one 1913. one 1914. and one 1915. The call to be 
made for 1914 or as soon thereafter as can be had. 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 

Eastern Virginia. 

1 We, the Nokesville church, petition Annual Meeting 
through' District Meeting to say whether Brethren may 
exhibit live stock— as horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, poultry, 
etc —under chartered organizations especially authorized 
for such purpose or purposes; and under what conditions. 

^„5„i,r._Passed to the Annual Meeting. 

2 We, the Nokesville church, petition Annual Meeting 
through' District Meeting to say whether Brethren, on 
Sunday, may deliver milk to families, and to the radway 
stations for city use, and under what conditions. 

Answer.— Passed to the Annual Meeting. 


1. The memhers in this State will apply to Annual Meet- 
ing of 1912 to be received as a new District. 

2 We the elders of the District of Washington, m a 

body assembled, ask this District Meeting to call for the 

Annual Meeting of 1913, to be held in the District of 

Washington. ^ 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

Texas and Louisiana. 
Inasmuch as the majority of the ministers of the 
Church of the Brethren are farmers and: 

Whereas said ministers are nonsalaried and receive no 
monetary compensation for their services and; 

Whereas the Southwestern Clergy Bureau has refused 
ministers, who are farmers, the courtesy of a half-fare 
certificate and: . . 

Whereas said debarment is a reflection on our mmistry 
and on the Church of the Brethren as a people,— 

We the Roanoke (La.) congregation of the Church ol 
the Brethren, request Annual Meeting, through District 
Meeting, to appoint a committee ol two brethren to con- 
fer with the Southwestern Clergy Bureau, to Jhe end that 
all of the active ministers of the Church of the Brethren, 
who have no other business except farming, may be ex- 
tended the courtesy of a half-fare clergy certificate, that 
thereby our ministers may be placed on an equality with 
ministers of other denominations, and that said discrimi- 
nations and reflections against the Church of the Breth- 
ren and her ministers may be removed. 
Sent to .A.nnual Meeting. 

tliat iutthority before, we added nothing either to their 
authority nor their responsibility. We all want to be 
right and do the very best for tlie church. We do not 
want to reject an old usage just because it is old, nor 
accept a new one just because it is new. On this ques- 
tion we can afford to move slowly. 

Milford. hid. 

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How to Make Sunday-school Teaching 
More Effectual. 

r.v COKA CRipr. hrubaker. 



This seems to be a puzzling question to many, and 
I admit that there are some things not so clear to me, 
—that is if we admit alien baptism, and receive per- 
sons into the Church of the Brethren who have been 
baptized by one who is not identified with our people. 
To illustrate ; A man unites himself with our peo- 
ple, is elected to the ministry, and in due time is au- 
thorized to administer the ordinances,— baptism with 
tlie rest,— but in the lapse of years he becomes un- 
faithful. The church attempts to discipline him, but 
he will not hear the church and is finally disfellow- 
shiped. He goes across the street and identifies him- 
self with another body of people, who baptize by trine 
immersion and for the remission of sins, just as we 
do. He preaches and baptizes for them ; later some of 
these same persons ask for fellowship with us on the 
baptism received at the hands of this deposed man. If 
we admit them, we recognize the work of a man whom 
we deposed for being unfaithful, and we do not rec- 
ognize our own w^ork in deposing him. 

Our civil government does not do things so loose as 
that. Suppose a man is elected to the judgeship, and 
takes the oath of office. He is authorized to adminis- 
ter the oath of allegiance to foreigners and does much 
of it. Let this same judge become unfaithful to his 
trust, and he is impeached. H the impeachment is 
sustained, he is deposed from office. Should he not 
recognize the impeachment, but go on administering 
tlie oath of allegiance to foreigners, would the civil 
government recognize the validity of his work after 
the date of his impeachnient ? It certainly would not. 
Suppose some of these .same men would ask to exer- 
cise the right of suffrage, their ^■ote would certainly be 

The fraternal orders would not recognize the work 
of a deposed member. Is the church the most plastic 
organization in the world? If we recognize baptism 
administered by those not in fellowship with us, may 
not these same persons administer the communion for 
us? Mav thev not ordain elders for us? 

Where is the limit? I can not see the end. 1 am 
puzzled. If there is nothing in the administrator we 
will have to change our church polity, for we have 
been authorizing men to administer the holy rite of 
baptism,— at least we told them so,— but if they had 

Ik the first place, there needs to better preparation 
on the part of the one teaching. This is the age of 
specializing. In every line of work, men are being 
trained to do special things, and become specialists 
along their particular line. 

Afew vears ago a man could be a preacher, doctor, 
carpenter! mechanic, or farmer, all combined, a sort 
of Tack-of-all-trades, and be considered a capable 
man ; but that day is fast passing away, and the man 
who expects to keep .abreast of the times and gain 
recognition for liimself, must make special preparation 
for some special work and throw his wdiole soul and 
being into that work. 

And. slowly, but surch'. I believe, the great Sunday- 
school movement is grasping this idea loo, and it will 
not be many years before no teacher will be permitted 
to teach in her schools until he has had special training. 
How sad, and yet how true, the statement of our 
Lord that "the children of this world are wiser in their 
generation than the children of light," for, instead of 
the world setting the example, the church should have 
lieen the first to do so, seeing that no vocation in life 
is quite so important, quite so far-reaching, as that of 

But I thank God that the church is falling into line, 
anywav, and with the eyes of a prophetess, I foresee 
great things in store for us along that line. 

The day is not far distant, I firmly believe, when 
every teacher, from the adult to the primary, shall 
have had some special training for his particular woiI<, 
before being permitted to teach a class in our Sunday- 
schools. You ha\-e only to glance around about you, in 
your own schools, to realize the dire need of this. Wlien 
men and women come up to God's house and stand 
before their classes, having scarcely glanced at the les- 
son beforehand, and there, with the Quarterly in hand, 
stumble through the precious half-hour assigned for' 
teaching, how can it be otherwise than that the teach- 
ing will have but little effect upon the child? 

Some one has likened the Quarterly to the frying- 
pan,— to be used only in the kitchen in preparing the 
meal, and not brought on the table to serve the food. 
Tust as you, my dear superintendent, wotdd be in- 
sulted, should your wife serve the beefsteak in the 
frying-pan, so should you be insulted to see one of your 
teachers serve God's Word to dying men, in his fry- 
pan, — the Quarterly ! 

Insist that the Bible, and it alone, be seen in your 
school-room. That alone will compel your teachers 
better to prefare themselves for their teaching. If 
you want to hasten the day. when Sunday-school 
teaching shall be more effective, organize training 
classes in your schools, and invite those desiring to 
teach, to enter such a class, and to be trained for their' 

In the second place.— and I suppose I should have 
put this first,— allow no teacher to teach in your 
school who is not a Christian. Work of so sacred a 
nature should never be left in the hands of the un- 
converted ! . It may be that such a teacher has even 
taken a course in a training class, yet I cannot see how 
any one can attempt to do effective work, witliout car- 
rying out the tilings he tries to teach. 

Precept amounts to very little if the example does 
not precede it. The pupil never, or very seldom, 
reaches a higher plane of morality and spirituality 
than the teacher. Tlic argument that teachers who 
were not Christians at the start have been converted 
because of their work as teachers, has little weight 
with me. While there are a few teachers, here and 
there, who have been won to Christ, by teaching a 
Sundav-school class, have you ever reckoned the ex- 
perience of the pupils? Are you sure that some of 

those pupils would not have been saved, had they had 
a Christian for a teacher? 

.'\nother means of doing more effective work in our 
Sunday-schools is, for each teacher more fully to real- 
ize his great high-calling in Christ Jesus. 

Too many teachers seem to feel that they have ac- 
(oniplished all that is required, wdien they keep the 
children entertained, orderly, and fill in the time. And 
so they come before their classes with scarcely a 
thought of the important work devolving upon the 
tciichers. They forget these children are as plastic 
clav in their hands, to be moulded into whatsoever 
shape they will. 

I believe strongly in a consecration or dedication 
service at the beginning of each year, when teachers 
arc chosen to take classes for the new year. 

T believe that at such an installation service the new 
teachers should be called to the front and there, in the 
presence of the entire school, the pastor should con- 
duct a consecration service with them, and they should 
thus be installed in their ofiice, that a deeper realiza- 
tion of the importance of their work might be forth- 
coming. This wotdd vvonderfidy prepare them for 
more effective worlc in their classes. 

:\h yes. how much more there might be accom- 
plished, God alone knows, should every person, stand- 
ing before a class, be fully consecrated to that work ! 
If this were really trtic, there would never be such 
a thing as a class' without a teacher. No, for he would 
never fail to be at his post, unless it were a physical 
impossibility, and then he would provide a substitute. 
That thus more effective work could be accomplished, 
goes wdthont saying. 

Not only should a teacher be devoted and conse- 
crated to his duties on Sunday, but much may be done 
in the other six days of the week. Before leaving the 
class-room, he shoidd take note of all absentee schol- 
ars. Then, during the coming week, he should make 
them a personal visit, to ascertain the reason for their 
absence. If he finds it impossible (note, I say "iMros- 
sicle" to visit the child, he can, at least, write him a 
letter, and let Uncle Sam carry it to the child's home. 
In no case should the teacher allow weeks to roll by 
without finding out why any one of his scholars is 

Let a cliild once realize that he is missed, and can 
not remain away without causing his teacher nulch an- 
xiety and concern, and he will be found in his place 
' cacli Sunday, ready for whatever his teacher may have 
10 give him'. Nothing will gain and hold a child for 
yoiu- class so surely as the knowledge that you LOVE 
iiim, and that no sacrifice is too great for you to make 
for him. 

Not only should a teacher visit his absentees, but 
much lastii'ig lienefit may residt from an occasional 
visit to each home. How can a teacher do effectual 
work unless he acquaints himself with the homelife of 
his pupil? 

1„ the home he finds the real, cvery-day, out-and- 
out child,— the genuine boy or girl (for yon know, 
even boys and girls have Sunday manners that they 
don, as they leave the parental roof, and maintain dur- 
ing their absence therefrom). 

So it is very essential that you know the child in Ins 
home, if vou expect to get close to his heart and life, 
to mould his life effectively for the Master! 

Then, during the week, a thorough-going teacher 
H-ill constantly be on the lookout for apt illustrations 
whereby he may attract the child-mind and lead it in 
his own chosen wav. The lilackboard, maps, sand- 
table, topics of history, etc.. all serve, in a large de- 
gree, to bring the truth home to the mind of the child. 
Wise, indeed, is that teacher who is able to turn cur- 
rent events and happenings of interest to boys and 
cdrls into spiritual food and thought ! 
'" His thought, from his first wakening moment to the 
|;,st of the dav, should be, " How can I bring this 
great truth home to the heart of the child?" His eyes, 
ids cars, his mind, yea", his entire body, should be so 
completelv saturateci with it that he will, m very truth, 
be ;i living example of consecration to ser^'ice,- such 
an effectual life as shall commend itself to every hu- 
man being, and secure the approval of our Blessed 
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ ! 
Burlington. Ind. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 




The Critic's Reward. 


StENF.: All applicant at heaven's gate desiring ad- 
niissimi from St. Peter. 
.Xp.— "Oh. Mr. Peter, I want in. Won't you let me 

in, please? " . , 

St p __'^ Who are vou and why do you want in f 
You haven't on the robe of righteousness, and there is 
nothing about yon I recognize as belonging to those 
who enter here." 

\p _"I am Mr. P— . I did not belong to the church 
down yonder. There were too many in it who were 
hvuocrites and did not practice what they preached. 
But I can't stand it with this crowd I have been sent 

St.?.—" W by, man, that is the crowd you certainly 
beloin- to. That is the crowd you associated with 
down' below, since you did not belong to the church. 
Yon ought to find congenial associates with them sure- 
ly." . 
" Ap.— " Yes: but I had some good neighbors around 
UK who did belong to the church and I liked to be with 
them best, even if they did talk religion all the 
time or try so hard to get me to attend church and 

Pt. p. "Your own words condemn you. You ad- 
mit you enjoyed Christian company better than that of 
sinners, \\hat made them better? Was it not the 
church and their religion? What did you talk about 
when they tried to get you to their church services?" 

Ap.— "hh, I told them about the faults of those who 
were already in the church, of how unfair the rules of 
the church were, of how it wanted to take away about 
all of a man's liberty, and— well, things along that 


St. P.—" Well, my dear man, that habit has proba- 
bly so grow^n upon you that you can not shake it off 
now. We could not tolerate anything like that here. 
You would make discord and unhappiness in heaven, 
were I to let you in. No ; you will have to go to the 
place assigned you. There you will find many others 
just like you. They, too, stood just outside of the 
church constantly watching for the weakness of her 
members and then gloated over and criticized them. 
You must reap what you have sown." 

work." Of course, the elder mi,ght have said all this 
in a more graceful way; but at any rate, deacons may 
have stars added to their crown by being faithful, even 
when performing some very unpleasant duties. 

Not only deacons, but all other members should feel 
that Ihev ha\e something to do. Our Sunday-school 
superintendents and Christian Workers' presidents 
give the young members duties to perform. Sotne- 
Times little boys and girls engage in public prayer or 
lead a Christian Workers' iHeeting. Jesus "gave au- 
thority to his servants, and to every man his work, 
and commanded the porter to watch" (Mark 13: 34'). 
Our deacons should be \-igilant, patient and industri- 
ous men, and we should help them to feel the impor- 
tance of their office, " For they that have used the of- 
fice of a deacon well, purclrase to themselves a good 
degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in 
Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 3: 13'). 

Panora, Iowa. 

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A Lesson on Rebaptism. 


Can' we not learn a lesson from the dispute which 
Paul and Barnabas had C^cts l.M that will help ns to 
settle the rebaptism question? 

Paul and Barnabas were both good men. Both 
served the same Lord: they had the same faith, and 
practiced the same baptism. They were both zealous 
workers, so much so that they had both hazarded their 
li^■es for the name of the T.,ord Jesus Christ, but a dis- 
agreement arose between them, about the method of 
carrying on the Lord's work. Barnabas wanted to take 
Mark along to the work, but Paul did not think it best 
to do so, "and there arose a sharp contention, which 
caused them to part asunder one from the other " 
(.\cts 15: 39). 

In Iceeping with the above, in spirit at least, it would 
seem that the Brethren did the best that could be done 
under the circumstances -when they parted asunder, 
several }'ears ago, on account of being unable to see 
alike, but is it not probable that a mistake was made, 
after the church had divided into the three parts, to 
regard them as that many separate churches? 

Let it be observed that although Paul and Barnabas 
disagreed to such an extent that they could not work 
together, they still belonged to the same church. They 
did not allow their differences to hinder the work of 
the Lord. Though they disagreed about the method 

the waj- in the quickest possible time, destroys the 
reverence of the prayer. 

And slowly and sadly St. Peter closed the gate and " of carrying on the work, they still worked for Christ, 

poor applicant, suffering a gnawing of conscience, only 
known in Hades, went slowly down to his doom. 
Lordsbltrg. Cat. 

The Deacon Again. 


Though I never w'as a deacon, I was much inter- 
ested in Bro. Yereman's article on page 79S of the 
Gospel Messenger. My experience being confined 
principally to the w-estern frontier, is different from 

A Tender Gift. 


The Gospel Visitor and I were born the same year. 

My father, a young minister of the Bear Creek church, 

Ohio, was a subscriber from the start and continued 

to the end. He preserved the papers and had them 

bound. When, after his decease, we were dividing his 

more immediate personal property, we came to these 

volumes. One of ray brothers said: " John Calvin is 

,1 preacher. None of the rest of us will ever be 

preachers. Let us give them to him." As he voiced 

the kindly sentiments of their brotherly hearts, it was 

no sooner said than done. For twenty-two years they 

Jiave been much appreciated, 

Bvooki'iilc, Ohio. 

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Great sorrow and great joy are equally deaf to 
reason; consequently we find the extreme of poverty 
and the extreme of riches equally irreligious. 


The Promised Shepherd Has Come. 

Psa. 23: 1-6; 24: 7-10. 
For Sunday Evening, Jan. 21, 1912. 


I. As Shepherd He Is— (1)" The Good Slicplicrd " 
(John 10: 11, 14: Isa. 40: 11). (2) "The Great Shep- 
herd" (Heb. 13: 20). (3) "The Chief Shepherd" (1 Pet. 

II. He Came as Prophet.— (1) "He hath anointed tne " 
(Luke 4: 18: Isa. 61: 1). (2) "A Teacher conic from 
God" (John 3: 2). (3) He foretold things to come (Luke 
19: 41-44). 

III. As King. — (1) He was so acknowledged (a) hy 
the wise men (Matt. 2: 2): (b) by Natbanael (John 1: 
49); (c) by the multitude (John 12: 13): (d) and written 
on the cross (John 19: 19). (2) He is ackuowlcdgcd as 
"Lord of lords, and King of kings" (Rev. 17: 14). 

'■ Thou great Shepherd of the sheep, 
Lead thou me on. 
O'er moor anit fen, o'er crag and torrent, till 
The night Is gone! " 
Helps.— (1) Who is a shepherd? (2) Who was tlie 
first shepherd (Gen. 4: 2)? (3) In what ways is Jesus a 
good'Sheep-keeper? (Sec Jolin 10: 3, 4, 9, 14 and 27, 28 
and 11 and 15.) 

Song.— "-Ml liail llie power of Jesus' name." 

and each recognized the work the other was doing. 

Now, if tw'o preachers can belong to the same 
church and work for the same end, though differing 
to so great an extent as not to be able to work togeth- 
er, can not two or more bodies of people, provided 
they remain loyal to gospel principles, do the same? 

Supposing that Paul had refused to recognize the 
work- of Barnabas, after they separated, and Barna- 
bas had refused, to recognize the work of Paul, each 
rebaptizing those whom the other had baptized, what 
a confusion they would have started ! But is not this 
the N-erv thing we are doing when we rebaptize per- 


In installing deacons we have trie'd to impress on 50^,5 „ho have already been baptized by ministers who 

them the importance of their office, that the success of 
the church, both spiritually and temporally, depends 
largely upon their faithfulness. With us the deacons 
are the trustees of the church property. They care 
for it, keep it in repair, etc. Our finance committee 
jjlans for the raising of funds, etc., subject to the ap- 
proval of the church. After the plans are thus agreed 
upon, it is the business of the deacons to execute these 
]ilans. Prior to the love feast they are visited. They 
then attend to the visit, report to the council, provide 
and arrange for the feast without special instruction, 
unless they ask for it, which they sometimes do. They 
are at all times to be on the outlook for cases of need 
and destitution; not only among our own members, 
but among others as well, and in urgent cases to give 
temporary relief if need be. 

In cases where there is tro^lble between members, 
ministers should keep aloof, as much as possible, to 
avoid censure and thus losing their influence. This 
requires deacons to do some very unpleasant work, at 
limes. .\n elder on the frontier once created quite an 
impression by saying, " Deacons sometimes have to 
act as scavengers, — to clean up other people's dirty 

formerly were members of the Brethren church, but 
withdrew on account of a difiference of opinion re- 
.garding methods ? 
Ramona. Kaiis. 

Reverence for the Lord's Prayer. 

ijv s, s. w. ItA^i^tEKS. 
FuK a number of years, up to the last decade, wc 
noticed that in the Brethren church, when a brother 
made the general prayer, another brother followed in 
great solemnity with the Lord's Prayer. During the 
])ast few years we noticed a great change. The broth- 
er making the general prayer will, at the end of the 
general prayer, proceed with the Lord's Prayer so 
hurriedly that we can scarcely understand it to be the 
Lord's Prayer. Tt just appears as if he were trying 
to get through with this. — the greatest of all prayers, 
— as quickly as possible. We think that the brother 
making the general prayer should not repeat the 
Lord's Prayer, unless he uses the same reverence and 
care in said prayer as in his general petitions. To use 
the Lord's Prayer as if he were trying to get it out of 

What Is It to Be a Christian? 

Acts 26: 24-29. 
I'or Week Bcginuiug January 21, 1912. 

1. Man's All-Important Duty,— Paul's powerful appeal 
to Agrippa brought fortli a frank recognition of known 
duty, but no immcdiale ehange of conduct, just as thou- 
sands today seek in vain to reconcile their conduct with 
their better training and knowledge. Convinced of the 
efficacy of the atoning grace of Jesus Christ, as taught 
them by good religious training in their youth, tlicy have 
lived wholly inconsistent tiicrcwith. Many church mem- 
bers are no better in their conduct than some of tliosc 
wlio make no pretensions. Let it be remembered that 
the Christianity that lias- Agrippa's opportunities and yet 
leads only Agrippa's life, can have only Agrippa's answer, 
and his eventual destiny (2 Tim. 3: 1-5: Gal. 6: 7-10). 

2. Conviction Not Always Conversion, — Granting that 
the arrow of conviction bad brought consternation to 
.Agrippa's sensibilities, it failed to produce the much to 
be desired conversion to a Christed life. It is one tiling 
to be moved by a proclamation of the Gospel, but it is 
an entirely different thing to make confession of Jesus 
Christ, and strive, by divine grace, to live a life bid with 
Christ in God. Hundreds of people are touched during 
great revivals, and, under the earnest pleadings of some 
sincere ambassador of tbe Lord, make profession of their 
faith, only to drop back again into the old life of indiffer- 
ence, when the better impulses of the hour have passed 
away. The momentary uplift has been, without a doubt, 
a blessing to them, but it is not the real. Christian life 
that endures to the end, fights the battles and gains the 
crown. It is not enough to " see visions and dream 
dreams." There must be a genuine transformation of 
character, a real regeneration through the power of God. 
There must be union with Jesus Christ. True Christians 
are those of whom Christ can say, " I am the vine, ye 
are the branches," That is the essence of Christianity 

(John IS; 1-8; 1 John 3: 1-3). 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 




The Evening Prayer. 

In tlic twilight of my days, 

In the evening of tlic years. 
Life tinto my saddened gaze 

Seems a vision veiled in tears. 
All the knowledge fades away 

That I vainly thought to keep; 
As a little child I pray: 

" Now I lay me down to sleep." 

L have wandered far from thee 

Since that childish prayei- I said. 
And the lips that taught it me 

Have been gathered to the dead; 
- Yet her face I seem to sec 

When the evening shadows creep. 
And again, as at her knee, 

Pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep! 
Softly fades the lingering light; 

Lo! the last beam leaves the skies; 
And I watch, amid the night. 

For the evening star to rise. 
Far t>eyond the bounds of space 
I may drift ere day shall break; 
Let me sec my mother's face 

If I die before I wake! 
Darker grows the gathering gloom. 

While my soul its vigil keeps 
With the memories that loom 

Up from life's unsounded deeps. 
When upon a simless strand 

I shall hear the surges break, 
Ere I near the nameless land, 

Pray thee. Lord, my soul to take! 
—Maria Conway Oemler, in the Independeu 

The Set of a Soul. 

' Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate 
As we voyage along through life; 
'Tis the set of the soul 
That decides its goal 
And not the calm or the strife." 
The calm, peaceful days, when it is a joy to be alive 
ami dream of bappiiicss, come and go; the days of 
strife, when cloud and rain, wind and storm make the 
liotlr.s desolate, leave lis sad and weavy. But neither 
should make us swerve from our course. To choose 
and abide by one's choice goes to maliC a chord in hu- 
man harmony-, it helps to harmonize the plans of oth- 

The set of the soul decides the goal, and that is a 
comfort where changing conditions make life hard. 
Too often we say that the tide is set steadily away 
from us and we struggle with all our powers to pull 
against its force. Then it is the -set of the soul that 
heli)S us to make for the harbor. Always, there is 
some current or some shallow channel or dangerous 
shoals that makes it doubly hard to pull through. And 
always it seems as if it should not be «o, as if there 
were no need of this added difficulty. 

It is very evident that men were not put into this 
world to bask among ideal conditions. God gives us 
the veal, the actual, with all its imperfections, and asks 
us to make out of it our ideal. And it is hard, when 
we are cast down and discouraged, to see that the 
struggle, to make things better, the set of the soul 
towards the Happy Islands, is what makes lite worth 
while. One thing that Jesus never did was to com- 
|)lain about bis bard conditions. And if you will think, 
for a minute, you will admit that they were as bard as 
vours or mine. But he worked steadily among men. 
and he talk'ed much of the ideal, with a word, here and 
there, about the difficulty of coming up to our ideals. the set of Ihe soul be towards things pure and of 
good report, but do not complain because you can not 
come to it all at once. "Remeiuber that yon are only 
given iiuperfect material and to make it better is pre- 
cisely what you are here for. Take your material and 
make something. Follow out your own design, and 
the joy of achievement will be yours. 

When we see that one life is manifestly greater in 
its results and power than another, we always look for 
' its secret in some cause that will seem commensurate 
with such a remarkable result. Often we shall find it 
in the set of the soul, ft is not the skill and inventive- 
ness to do something utterly different from everybody 

else that makes the victorious life, but that little ele- 
ment of doing what everybody does, but doing it a lit- 
tle longer and loving a little more. Let us not only 
fulfil! an obligation but let us do a little c.Ktra, uncove- 
nanted, supplementary work, and it will ennoble and 
enlarge the service. 

Jesus asked the weary to come to him and rest. 
That invitation is needed in these days by men and 
women. Older civilizations have their established 
customs wdiich are kept. Men and women find their 
work cut out for them and they take their appointed 
lilace. But in America " the old order changeth." 
Men are pushing forward and hustling, doing five 
years' work in one, and succeeding as if by magic. 
Women have left the appointed niche of an older civil- 
ization. They have so many duties and interests, so 
many conflicting claims upon their time that they 
waste much nervous force in debating and wondering 
whether they have taken the right path or not. We 
all know the woman whose mind changes with each 
passing moment. She is a menace to the peace of her 
friends. Vacillating between equal interests, she final- 
ly loses the power of decision. Her sail is set due 
east and then due west and she loses will-power by her 

We need to consider our limitations. Out of life's 
plenitude there are some things which are ours by 
right and others which belong to some one else. Our 
talents vary. There are things wdiich one does well 
and others which one does indit=ferently. Here is our 
test. Have we the strength to look at our gifts and 
decide to cultivate only those wdiich are our inherent 
possession, leaving some coveted talent lying useless? 
Will we discard the thing wdiich we know we can only 
accomplish with great loss of nervous energy and too 
much eifort? Do we wisely conclude to do the things 
which nature intended us to do? It is heroic to give 
up the many things -we want to accomplish and substi- 
tute a meager array, — the things we can honestly do 
well. We can and should enjoy our work, whatever 
it is. The promise to well-doing is happiness. The 
most commonplace routine is affected pleasantly by a 
strong, brave spirit. 

•■ We may find the wailing bitter, and count tlu- silence 
God knoweth we are dust, and he pitielli onr pain; 
And when faith has changed to fullness and the silence 
changed to song. 
We shall cat the fruit of patien 
not again." 
Covington-, Ohio. 

The Christian life is full of hope, and were it not 
for ihe hope of eternal life, we would hardly make 
the effort we do in our Christian activities. No other 
life is so joyful antl happy and full of encouragement. 
Iben. why should any one, who lias begun the race. 
e\er feci like quitting and living only for self and this 

Paul says, " If we have only hope in Christ in this 
life we are of all men most pitiable." " But we would 
not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that 
f,ill asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who 
have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and 
rose .again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in 
lesus will God bring with him." 

We cry out in praise to God and say, " Blessed he 
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who ac- 
cording to his great mercy be.gat us again unto a liv- 
ing hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the 
dead." And then the riches in glory that are yours 
and mine, " unto an inheritance incorruptible, and un- 
defiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven 
for you, who by the power of God are guarded 
through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in 
Ihe last time." 

" O, lo have no hope 'n\ Jesus, 
No friend, no life in Jesus, 
O. to have no hope in Jesus, 
How dark this world must be!" 

" Be strong and let your heart take courage, all ye 
that hope in the Lord." 
Union, Ohio. 





nd shall hi 

Immortal Hope. 


How often our earthly aims and plans, which we 
hope to accomplish, are defeated, blasted, blighted and 
crushed to the earth! We falter, wonder and ex- 
claim in amazement, " I can not see why! " 

^Vhen life seems dark, and our hold on these tran- 
sient and earthly things apparently slips from onr 
grasp, we can, in full assurance, look up to God, and 
away from this mortal, decaying and disappointing 
life to the immortal, ever-abiding, unchanging one to 
come. We " have a strong encouragement, wdio have, 
fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us : 
which we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both 
sure and steadfast and entering into that which is 
within the veil." 

Our hope is set on the living God,— heaven itself,— 
and such a hope is truly an anchor for our souls. 
.Such a hope is solid and firm, and all these earthly, 
angry billows can not tear us from that to which we 
have anchored. 

Ho|)e is the ejcpectatiou of something no.t yet real- 
ized. " For in hope were we saved: but hope that is 
seen is not hope; for who hopeth for that which he 
seeth? But if we hope for that which we see not, then 
do we with patience wait for it." 

Our hopes for the unseen and eternal things are 
manv. We hope to be victors in the battle for the 
ri-'ht ; we hope to meet our loved ones on the other 
sli^ore; we hope to enjoy heaven with all its meaning 
and glorv We are " looking for the blessed hope and 
appearing of the glory of the great God and our Sav- 
ior Jesus Christ," 

l^r.;- Alcl Roci.-tv 
SistLT F- BerUi'V 
elected preslaont; Slater Kva Sage, treasurer; Sister R. 
secretary. Wo hope to do a Brent deal of .sewing for 
the poor, ospeelally throuch the winter.— Lydla Boll, Ankony, 
Iowa, Dec. 13. * - 

HATABBE, KAKS.— Since niir last report wo sent live 
sneks of clotliiiiK lo the Kansas City Mission, conslstlne of 
"10 pieces of readv-mado Barnients. Hvo eomforls and on- 
millt. We sold oni eomfort for S2.70, nnd sent n donnllon 
of S2!S for mission worlt- Some of the clothlnB. sneh lus 
women's and children's coats, underwear, dressed, shoes, and 
hovs' and men'.s elolhlns. was donated. Onr meetlnBS hase 
«n averaue attendance of nine. We received 119.32 'or °'"; 
treasury, and the expondllures weje $17.03, which leaves SI.IJ 
In the treasury.— Dessle Strnle, Secretary, Hope, Kalis,. Dec. 

"east wekatCHEE. wash.— Our Sisters' Al.l Soclely mel 
Tine. 21 and crTeelcl an orcanl^allon. Sister R. IV. Tluulo n 
wos reelected president, and the writer, secrelnrr. Purlnpr tin- 
past sU months we mot In roBntar sessions, with an nverae.- 
kttondanee of six. We sent a box or e othlns lo tho laeom 
Mission- also SB In money. In sympathy for nro. NolT and 
family. It was decided that wo send them !S- 'rho oi 
money, romalnlnd In 11.0 treasury at >l'».''»«'n"';"\ "/ ''''"l'^ 
months, was S30.2S: total, S4I.9J; amount expended for goods 
Td enarUahle work. S23.70, leaving SlMt >■«''", "'","™/';"; 
We made twenty-six garments end eight comforts ;l"rlhe ' s 
time. Wo hope to have a hotter atlendaneo In Uie fltur., 
thereby being able to accomplish more work tor the Master.— 
VInnIo A, Sellers, Wennleheo. Wash,. Doc. 26, 

DOiniI!I.S CHEEK. OHIO.— Our Sisters' Aid Soeloly met 
T..^ 11 nf the In.m- ■■! S|.|„r Mary Koof We rooreaiited hv 
Sectlng t he o1Ti, .;.: Sister Minnie Smith presldoni; 
Slater Emma FunderhurK, vleo-prosldont; ll.e writer, seen- 
tarv; Sister Elslo WInget, u-ea.suror. During tho past year 
wo let twontv-one meetings. Seven of these were all-d,iy 
meetings tho olhers afternoon meetings, with an average ot- 
u-ndaneo of ten. Wo nullted one nnllt. knotted two comforters 
.and mode children's elothlng. We sect a box to the Mission 
at East Dayton, Ohio, consisting or little girls' dresses, bojs 
pants and waists, underwear, stockings, prn.vor eover ngs. 
knd two comforters. Wo i-eeolved a regular e"llert;o"»- 
SlSOf reeeWed as donations. 56.50: balance from last >onr. 
']':«: spent foe material and clothing. $34..J.lo.vIng^ate^ 
aneo of Ss SI In the treasury at this tlme.- 
D 2 Sprlngdeld. Ohio, Dee. Ifl. 

APPANOOSE, KAHS.— Wo give a report 
stoeletv for tho year 1011. Dec. G we reorgnnlxed. 
Sarah Flora as president; Sister Hannah Wright, vlce-p 
dent; SIslcr Minnie Shoemaker, superintendent 
seCretarv-treasurer. During the year 
wore heid. with an avei-ogo attendance of elgli 
135 garments, 7 comforts. onlUs, 35 prayer coverings: do- 
na 0<r25l garments. 3 comforts 1 nullt "»■»,'"""■,!, "'J'^^^: 
10 the Kansa.s City Mission, Wo also sent S15 to tho Kansas 
Citv Mission to buy clothing for tho noor. and gave ! 20 tm 
tl c sunnort of an orphan In India. We also gave 35 of our 
hrtlHHv money and $1 In elothlng to a poor family here 
mmg us Money earned daring the year. S82.t2: expenses 
Ml, 01, leaving a balance of !!3in In the Ireasarv A' "J 
enter upon tho year of 1312. we hope and pray that no nl.^^ 
be .nlde to do more an.l heller work for Jesus "'»" ^'J ''J'^" 
In tho year 1911. It Is our wish and desire that aU the Sis- 
ters' Aid Soelotlea mav aeeomollsh a more effcetKe woik foi 
Ihe Ma.tei-'s cnuso.-Rova Flora, Overhrook. Kans,. Dee. Is, 

TTICTOB. KAKS.— We organized our Sistors A.d Soelet> 
Ian 1' by electing the following offleers; Sister Hutchison, 
president: Sister Talhelm. vice-president; Sister L.iile Balm, 
measurer Mary E. Daggett, secretary. During tho Pa"/'" 
wo have held nineteen meetings, with an average al'e;"I»n«» 
of ten at each meeting. Our plan, when we organized, was 
to have all-day sessions ouee every two weeks on aeconnt 
of our members being scattered over a large portion of teru- 
lorv A good deal of work has been done. Three amlt- 
four comforters were completed. A sack 
ing of thirty-three garm' ■- - 
.\rvada. Colo,, besides 
made and some w 
celved 522.80: hav 

-niith Dresh 
of til 

liters' Aid 
vlth Sister 

tho writer, 
twelve- meotines 

Wo made 

1 and 
of clothing, co^irsist- 
ent to the Shoi 
arious other things tha' 

have been ■ 
rk donated. During the year we have re- 
paid out 519.01. and at present hav© Sa.7B 
„„ hand. This Is only a small beginning, but wo have tad 
manv enjoyable meetings, and we trust that we have been 
Tml\o hJlp some Ihrough our services. We hope to push out 
and do more prolltaHo work this comlns yeav— E. ». Dasge". 
Covert, Kans.. Dee. 30. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. ^ 

= „ " S,,„ ,|,e lasl of October twelve have ^J^^ii^^ On account of a shortage of crops in Western Kan- 

The Gospel Messenger .o;t;:io;iVconf^onana^.nr.n.e^na ^^-^-^^^x-^-x^-:;:;^ 

„„.. o^ . ^. c.- .. «.. =„«.«». -\:3r TAr^M' V ,.: Mitsr • Co not slacken up in the least on their donations for 

\ Religious Weekly "'"• ''"°"'' '" 211l mission work. They seem to thmk that it .5 just a.. 

PmusHEDBv Bro. W. R. Miller is at Lewistown, Pa., where he ^„.^p„- ,„ borrow money for the Lord's cause ps it is 

Brethren Publishing House j^ ,0 ,-eniain during the week. Tliis will complete ten j„ borrow for thei r own comfort. 

--^"^s=:=^rr„— rt^lr^e^r^:: tirS^e::;^ ' ^^' B.. J. E. ..... President of Mount Morris O. 

'"" — lege, has from time to time been urged to conduct 

SUBSCRIPTION . $1.50 PER AN NUM, IN ADVANCE pm,„EEN soul-cheering discourses were delivered ^^_.j^^ ^f meetings in 'aifrerenf parts of the Brother- 

EDlTOBS. i" the Mountain Valley church. Tenii.. by Bro. R. B. i^^^^j^ ^^^^^ ji,^ pressure of other duties has prevented 

Editor. D. L. Mnier ^ ^ ^^^^^.^ Pritchett. and twelve were induced to put on Christ in i^j^^^ f^.^,,, Jqj,,^ ,„„^,i, _.,io„g. ih^t line. He has, how- 

offico or, . ^-^ji^j.^,,; ^ ,v. Plate, baptism, while three await the rite. Tlirce were re- ^.^,^^. pi.,„„(,j („ devote considerable of his time to re- 

comspondtos Editor.^ ^ ^^^^ ^^ ^^^^^j ^^ fellowship, vival work during the coming summer, and those de- 

§: ?■ la™i?.''!"f:.::::::'.:;::---:-PS»''-''6uXl; ,,, ,. ' , . . , ,. siring his services may do well to comimmicate with 

-«"' «^i»rsi„, R.' K." ArnSr^'' ClirRCliH.s desiring old-fashloned singing schools ^.^^^ ^ ^^ ^^^^ 

Aavuory Committee. .luring the summer months may do well to write Bro. . 

s. N. McCinn. G. w. Lenu. P. R. Keitner. j ^ Miller, Mount Morris, 111. He is in touch with t„ose who have the Brethren Almanac for 1912 

- 7,, ti.. paper .houid partics who wiU be available for that line of work ^^^j^ ^^^^^^ j^,,.,, ^^ ^^^^ 54 ^„^ p^sje, or enter the fol- 

te .^^sL'°tfS BSETH°FSS"l?rBTiMraG HOUSE, ELGIN. ILL.. f „„, ji,„e ,o September^ lowing, in pla'ce of the Sunday-school Advisory Com- 

and'not to any individual connected wiihiL ^^^^^^_ — mil tee civeii ' " Suuday-school Board ! Lafayette 

morning. ^x^^"'" '° "'^ pape r is not yet comp leted. .^^^^ Secretary." Through a misunderstanding this 

Bro. C. S. Garber is engaged in a protracted meet- ^^^^^ ^ ^ Hqlsinger, of Rossville, Ind., has ar- information was not entered, 

ing at Roann, Ind., so writes our correspondent, Bro. ^^ Aluncie, Ind., and to take charge of ; - 

I.'e. Warren. Uie work at that place. The members at Muncie are Bko. I. C. Snavelv has arranged to close lus aboi s 

The Spring Creek congregation, Pa., is growing. ,„ ,,, congratulated. As a preacher of the Gospel as pastor the church at N-P<=""^^; f'' .^P' ' ;°- 

Thirty-thrL tjitered the fold by confession and bap- 3,, polsinger is a man of Recogniz ed ability. t!:i:X ::::^ft::'^::: :i ^ZZZl 't^ 

tisni during 1. . Should there be any members in or near Red River church, at her late council, appointed a committee, of 

The new church at Bachmanville, Dauphin Co., County. Northeastern' Texas, they will please com- ^i^j^i, Bro. Suavely is foreman, to secure another pas- 
Pa., is said to be a splendid building, and will soon be tunicate with Bro. John A. Eshelman, who may be ^^^. a. committee was also appointed to consider 
ready for dedication. addressed at Annona, in the county named. ^ Bro. p,^^,,, {„,. building and purchasing a parsonage. The 

Eshelman has just located in Texas, and is anxious to ,„e„,bers at Naperville are fully convinced that each 

The Bible Institute at North Manchester, Ind., is ^^^ .^ ^^^^j^ ^^j^j^ ^j^^ nearest congregation of Breth- congregation, supporting a pastor, should have a good 

in session this week. We expect ti hear of a full at- ^^^ parsonage. 

tendance and a go od interest. q^ ^^^^ 20, this issue, we are publishing all the pa- Hardly a week goes by that we do not receive sev- 

Bro T T Mvers late of Philadelphia, is now resid- pers, intended for the Annual Meeting that have ^,.^1 i^tt^rs containing expressions like the following, 

in? at Oaks "creentree congre-atian. Pa. We regret reached our desk. Should there be others, we will be ^.b,^.,, happened to reach our desk the same day : " It 

to learn that he is not in ■'ood "health. giad to publish them at the earliest date possible. Any jgj,,,^ (o me that the Gospel Messenger is improving 

S mistakes that may be discovered ought to be corrected jj^ reading matter each week." — H. A. Stahl. Glade. 

Bro. Galex B. Royer is at Elizabethtown, Pa., this before the papers are arranged for the Conference p^ •• j>,„ thoroughly convinced of the fact that the 

week, where he is to assist in the special Bible term Booklet. Messenger is growing better each year, and I can not 

and deliver evangelistic addresses each evening for ten Under date of Dec. 17 Bro. J. M. Blough writes us understand how it is that some of our members take 

days. from Gibraltar, and reports a delightful voyage across „b interest in n."^Jacoh H. Hollinger, Washington. 

.\T tjie late District Meeting of Texas and Louisi- (b^ Atlantic. While on the ocean he wrote a good D. C. It is encouraging to learn that our patrons arc 

ana Bro. K. G. Tennison was chosen a member of the article for the Messenger, that will be given to our appreciating the paper, and nothing would please us 

Standing Committee. One paper is sent to the An- readers soon. He and Sister Blough are probably in better than to be able to improve the contents as the 

nual Meeting. lerusalem at this date, and if all goes well they should weeks come and go. 

Turk to page 32 of your Brethren Almanac for reach India in February. . . 

. tn TH F'k as elder Not much news reaches us regarding our mission- 

1? fc'shiprewanl '1"";^ Ind".' in the plac'e of Bro. Some of the York (Pennsylvania) papers are pub- ^ries in China. \\'e learn, however, that after debark- 

„ . ' . lishing very complimentary remarks regarding the ap- j„g ,bey inade their way to Tien Tsin, stopped a tew 

■ ■ '^"'°'^'' ,, .,1 V • iiroaching .Annual Meeting, and are urging the raising jays .at a hotel and then moved into rented quarters. 
During a series of meetings at Morrill, Kans., six- ^^ ^^^^ „ecessarv funds to defray the expenses. It is „,,„, (,, , ,^ttled down to the study of the language. 
teen were bora into the kingdom, and one was re- ^^jj,,,^^^^, „,^j 25,000 or 30.000 people will attend the ■^ ,,^i„g unsafe for them to attempt to enter the in- 
stored to fellowship. The meetings were held by Bro. ^^,,f^^^„^^ ^his estimate, of course, should include 4,,;^. I„ the meantime Bro. Crumpacker, wife, and 

S. E. Thompson. ^j^^_.^ .^^^ ^1^^ immediate community. .tbe sisters with them, came to Tien Tsin and took up 

The Old Order Brethren have located their An- ; . their abode This was deemed wise, for so long as 

nual Conference for 1912. on a farm near Englewood, One of our correspondents mentions a Sunday- ^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^ ^^_^^._^^^^ ._^ ^,^.,^^ .^ ^^i„ „„, ^^ ^^j^ f„ 

about ten miles north of Dayton. Ohio. The meeting '^d'O"' t^a' presented o each scholar who read the .^^^^.^^^ ^^ 1, „j 4,,^ protected ports. In 

will be held May 27 and 28. New Testament through during the year, a good copy ^^^^ ^_.^^^ ^^ ,^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^^.^^ information re- 

, _, , , °f ""= ''°°''- "^'^ was certainly an appropriate gift ^j^^._, -^^^^^^ ,„j ,be outlook for their 

.As the fruits of a series of meetings, held by Bro. We hardly see how anything could be more fitting. It .-^ » , 

A. AI. Laughrun, nineteen were added to the church is certainly to be more highly commended than the "°''- ., „ t irr 1 n t„ „., Po 

. . . , . ^, . . , ■ . 11 Rnn Fnr^AR M HOFFER. of H-UzaDetntown, 1 a., 

at Hawthorne, Tenn.. and three await baptism. Three g.ving of presents possessing no real value. om i-D^jAit . 

',.... so. reads the Messenger With pencil in hand, and manes 

were restored to ' ^"""'^"'P- -q^^ ^^ p. Early, who is now at North Manches- note of much that is overlooked by others. He sends 

Ox Sunday evening, Dec. 24, ten were received in- ter, Ind., for two weeks, is planning to take up pas- „; the following, showing the result of his reading 

to the Germantown diurch. Pa., by confession and toral work in Washington, D: C, the first of February, ^i ibe paper for 1911. There were 107 brethren 

baptism. Eight of these are said to have been boys After reaching the city he may be addressed at 808 C. elected to the ministry during 1911, as reported 

from one of the Sunday-school classes. Street, S. E. A few days ago he tendered his resigna- through the Gospel AIessenger, 99 ministers were 

. tion as elder in charge of the Mill Creek congregation, advanced to the second degree of the ministry, 83 rain- 

Bro. M. M. Eshelman, of Los Angeles, Cal., writes ^^^ ^^,^^^^ ,^^ ,^_^g ,1^.^^ ^^j labored for twenty-three inters were ordained to the eldership. There were 

us that he is spending a few weeks at Merced, his ^,^^^^ , ,,j deacons elected, and 70 died. Of 44 ministers 

State, and that before returning he may spend a week - ^^^ ^ ^^ Felthouse, of Seminole, Fla., would be diat died, thirty-two were elders. The oldest minister 

among the mounta ins at Ashland, Oregon. pleased 'to communicate with some elder, now in the to die was eighty-seven, and the youngest was twenty- 

Bro 1. A. Dove, of Cloverdale, Va., is booked for a State, or who expects to be in the State any time dur- two. Eleven of them were over eighty y^^''^°[ ^gc. 

series of meetings at 1523 Hastings Street, Chicago, ing the winter. He needs assistance in organizing a During the year 378 brethren died and .33 sisters 

beginning Jan 21. Commencing on the 14th, and con- church, and for that reason wishes to get in touch with were called home, making a total of 911. One hun- 

tinuing during the week, preparatory services will be other elders. We suggest that all the elders now in dred and eighty-nine of them were below htty years 

held by some of the home workers, in view of the ap- hTorida, or those who expect to ^•isit that part of the of age. and 448 were from fifty to seventy-hve years 

proacliing revival. South soon, at once communicate with Bro. Felthouse, old. Twenty-five were over ninety years of age. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 


Instead of a special Bible term being held at Mount 
Morris College this year, Bro. M. W. Emmert is de- 
voting the month of January to Bible Institutes in the 
different congregations in Northern Illinois. We do 
not know how many churches have arranged for these 
Institutes, but the idea is certainly a good one, and we 
would like to encourage it. The more of this kind of 
work we do in the local churches, the more life are 
we going to find among our people. 

The Origin of Christmas. 

An elder in Ohio writes us for information concern- 
ing the origin and history of Christmas, and especially 
does he wish to know what evidence there is in sup- 
port of Dec. 25 as the day of the birth of the Child 

The Christians of the early centuries of our era 
seem to have concerned themselves very little about 
the date of the Savior's birth. The Christmas festival, 
as observed at this time, was wholly unknown to them. 
If they knew the date of the Master's birth they failed 
to leave any record of the fact. It is thought that 
Clement of Alexandria, in the early part of the third 
century, makes a slight reference to the event, but 
aside from this there are no clear traces of the Christ- 
mas festival before the fourth century. The festival 
is of Western or Roman origin, and found its way in- 
to the East after the middle of the fourth century. In 
an address made by Chrysostom, A. D. 386, he refers 
to Dec. 25 as the day of the Nativity, saying that the 
•festival had recently been introduced into Antioch. 

The early Christians were more concerned about the 
time of the Master's death and resurrection than they 
were about the exact time of his birth, and while they 
made much out of the former, they, in a public way, 
attempted nothing respecting the latter. There is no 
real satisfactor}' evidence in support of Dec. 25 as the 
day whe'n Jesus entered into the world. The theory 
rests wholly on tradition.' Tlie mere facts, however, 
that the Western church agreed on this date, and that 
it was readily accepted by the Eastern part of Chris- 
tendom, carries some weight in the minds of not a 
few. And yet historians place little reliance upon the 
tradition offered in its support. 

The New Testament is silent as regards the exact 
time of the Savior's birth. All we know is that it hap- 
pened at night, while the shepherds were still watching 
Jheir flocks in the fields. It is thought by some writers 
that the shepherds would hardly remain out with their 
flocks so late in the season, and for that reason it is 
held that the visit of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem 
may have taken place in October. In support of this 
theory a good deal might be said, but since the Chris- 
tian world is practically united in celebrating Dec. 25 
as the day of the Master's birth, we may do well to let 
it rest at that. 

When the festival was once fully introduced, it be- 
came popular with the Christian churches, and has 
been growing in popularity ever since. The habit of 
giving presents originated in Rome, and has become 
well nigh universal. The early Germans are responsi- 
ble for the Christmas tree, which may be regarded as 
'a remnant of the old Teutonic nature worship. 

While the celebration of the Nativity serves an ex- 
cellent purpose in the' way of reminding us of the birth 
of the Redeemer of the world, still it is being shame- 
fidly abused in all parts of Christendom. It ought to 
be regarded as a day of special joy. Men and women 
of every class slrould rejoice that a Savior has been 
born into the world, but the masses are losing sight of 
the spiritual or religious side of the festival, and ob- 
serve it because of popular sentiment rather than be- 
cause of what it should signify to them. 

The business world enters upon the scene largely in 
the retrospect, taking inventories of stocks in hand 
and the " left-overs," that the gains and losses may be 
properly rated, and that the balance-sheet may show 
satisfactorily on the gain side. That is, if the business 
is to continue along the same lines, and under similar 

This includes the whole business world, in all of its 
branches and varied forms, or under its multiform 
conditions. If we could see, hear or understand the 
fears, anxieties and suspense that are involved in 
many of these balancings, we would realize more fully 
why it is that many of our business men and firms are 
said to have no souls. It is because their souls are so 
absorbed in their thinking and struggling that they 
lose their personalities and become nothing more than 
money-making machines. 

We were told, not long ago, of one of this kind of 
men. He seemed to have only one line of thought, one 
life purpose. — to make money, — and he made it suc- 
cessfully. His pastor called to see him, because his 
name was on the church book. He was very busy, so 
he handed the minister a thousand-dollar check, say- 
ing : " My business is to make money ; yours, to save 
souls. I have no time to attend to your business. I 
commit my soul into your care. I hope you will be as 
faithful in your charge as I am trying to be in mine." 
That minister, with his thousand dollars, had quite a 
charge on his hands, to save the soul of such a par- 
ishioner, and yet there are not a few of them. And 
still their case is not quite as hopeless as those who ex- 
pect their ministers to save their souls without paying 
anything. There are two mistakes entertained by 
those claiming to be Christians. The one is, to expect 
to lun-chase salvation on a money basis ; the other, to 
expect salvation without paying anything toward it. 

As the year closes it will be well for the business 
world, in making their inventory, to study well and 
carefully as to whence comes their stock in trade. It 
has been well said that no man can make a real busi- 
ness success without taking in with him Jesus Christ 
as a partner. If he is a partner, it is only right and 
square that he should receive his share of the divi- 
dends or profits. A careful thinking along this line 
will be in season with the closing of the year's busi- 

Retrospective and Prospective. 

The amount of things that come to us during the 
last few weeks of the year, as we commence doing our 
budgeting, looking towards the annual closing, is both 
surprising and wonderful. Into it we crowd our re- 
trospects and prospects, as they are so dependent one 
upon the other that they can not be divorced. It is 
this crowding that intensifies our interest in what we. 
with different feelings and emotions, term the closing 
of the year. 

As we take into consideration our church work or 
business, we include the retrospective and the pros- 
pective as well. The church of Jesus Christ is a large 
corporation, with the Christ as its Head or President. 
The business of this corporation is to save the world 
from the destructive power of sin. The only way to 
do this is to try to persuade every man and woman, 
eiery son and everj' daughter, to become members of 
this corporation. 

This corporation has been in operation all the years, 
and this year, just closing, what has been our success, 
—our gain? On. which side of the sheet will our 
balance be found? It surely ought to be on the gain 
side, when we consider the work that has been done,— 
the number of evangelistic meetings held throughout 
the churches, and the additions reported.— it ought to 
l)e encouraging. But, then, obituary notices add up 
quite a list, too. Adding to this list the entirely too 
large list of disowned members, will make a saddening 
decrease on the list of members as a whole. But still 
wc are made to hope that the additions will make a 
fair show over that of former years, so that the retro- 
spect will be a pleasing feature for the closing year, 
and add joy and sweetness to our Holidays, to which 
we look forward with so much gladness of heart. 

Then, too, the growth of the missionary work, as we 
move forward, entering the doors that are being so 
providentially opened into almost every country and 
kingdom in the world, is most surprising. We now 
have the glorious Christmas-tide in all of the isles and 
nations of the earth, as well as in the great ships which 
span the seas. These things, with the growth of the 
temperance cause, and the " peace on earth and good- 
will to men" movement, make our prospective year a 
shouting joy to our hearts and give us a gladsome 
hope that the Star of Bethlehem is surely movmg 
eastward and that soon we may have the happy privi- 
lege of seeing the now grown Babe of Bethlehem not 
in^the manger, but in his heavenly kingdom where he 

has prepared eternal mansions for all his loving chil- 
dren. Holy and blessed be his name! 

In our home work our closing weeks have been lov- 
ingly pleasant. Our preaching services, Sunday- 
schools, prayer meetings. Christian Workers' Meetings 
and Bible classes have been uplifting and soul-satis- 

.\nd now we are looking forward hopefully to our 
coming Bible Institute of ten days, which will open on 
Jan. 12. 1912. This we hope to make one of our very 
best Bible Institutes yet held. We have arranged to 
have with us some of our very best Bible instructors, 
and Sunday-school workers. All subjects that per- 
tain to church work, as now needed in our broadening 
fields of Christian effort, will be considered. In addi- 
tion to the work and study as has been outlined, there 
will be special programs on the Sunday-school, Mis- 
sions, Christian Giving, Temperance, Education, The 
Pastor, Evangelization, and kindred subjects, thus 
making it interesting and profitable to our ministers, 
Sunday-school workers. Bible students and all others 
who are in any way interested in church work. Bro. 
B. F. Wampler, vocal music instructor in Juniata Col- 
lege, will have charge of the singing, and all who wish 
can attend the negular music classes of the college free 
of charge. All who attend will he provided with 
homes free of charge, except table board, which will 
be given in the college dining hall at twenty cents per 

In conclusion we suggest (hat each congregation 
make it possible and easy for at least one of their 
ministers to attend, and that each Sunday-school do 
the same thing for their superintendent and as many 
of the teachers as possible. Many of our ministers 
and workers are giving their services free of charge. 
Surely their work ought to demand enough apprecia- 
tion to help them to do better service for you. Let 
every one become sufficiently interested to either come 
himself, or help others to come, or do both. If our 
churches are to grow and prosper, the members must 
expect to be the active helpers in the forward move- 
ment. If it does not suit you to preach, teach, lead 
and superintend in your church work, help those who 
can and are willing to be your substitutes, and the 
Lord will bless you as his fellow-laborers. 

All, young and old, arc invited to come and enjoy 
this Institute and the evening revival services, which 
will he conducted by Eld. J. H. Cassady, of Johns- 
town, Pa. The management will do its best to make 
it interesting and pleasant to all who may come, and 
we will he glad to be crowded on this occasion. 

The Great Problem of the School Question. 

Who can tell what it is' Who knows? The whole 
school question in the Church of the Brethren, it may 
he argued, is yet in the problematical stage, and I sup- 
pose many would agree to this. This makes the ques- 
tion all the more perplexing. To single out the great 
problem of a subject involving many problems, is a 
problem of itself. The question, then, is not an easy 

Thirty-five years ago, when the church was practi- 
cally without high schools and colleges, and when the 
need for such schools was beginning to be keenly felt, 
the problem was. how to get them and establish them. 
This was the question, and it was considered a big 
question. The imperative need of higher education, 
under the church's control and influence, to meet the 
demands of the future, was becoming more and more 
a conviction on the part of wise leaders and forecast- 
ers of future conditions, that could not be dealt with 
in silence. But what should be done? That was the 

A few heroic men offered a solution. They 
launched the school business in a small way,-not a 
college at first. The spirit became contagious, 
spread. Others followed 
stage was passed, as it 
multiplied at a rapid 


After the experimental 
was then regarded, schools 
rate. .^nd the preparatory 
schools grew into the pretension of colleges. Since 
the Huntingdon Normal School, now know as Juniata 
College began in 1874, eleven others have entered the 
field,-now twelve in all. These twelve schools arc 




all owned and controlled by the Brethren, are 
1. such, and are all looking to the church for suPP°>-t; 
for where else can church schools look? Twelve 
schools to serve a little church of 100,000. Tlunk of 
it I Unreasonahle! A moment's reflection wdl con- 
vince yoi. that the supply of schools has outrun the 
demand. , 

In the beginning the problem was, how to get the 
schools Now the problem is, what to do the 
excessive number. This is the great problem of the 
whole school question at present, as I see it ; and a big 
problem it is. Who is able for the solution . 

Twelve are three time as many schools as a church 
needs ,he siK of the Church of the Brethren. Two 
in the East, one in the Middle West, and one in the 
West would fullv meet the needs. Three schools, 
suitably located, might do it. .^s it is, we have a do.- 
en sfiiggling schools,-all in the greatest need of 
means and all powerless to grow into strength under 
present conditions, all without a future. H the num- 
ber did not exceed the demand, then we might hope 
to -row them into strong, well-equipped, well-manned, 
well-endowed colleges; but as it is, the outlook is not 
hopeful The membership is beginning to feel dis- 
coura-'ed college-burdened, and under this constant 
fmandal strain, which, they feel, is undue and unneces- 
sarv with no promise of relief in sight, many of 
the'm are growing away from the schools rather than 
toward them, unfortunate as it is; for without the 
cheerful support of the membership, the schools can 
not run. That's settled. 

What's to be done to relieve the situation ? That s 
Ihe question. What can be done? It is useless to 
lament the mistakes of the past, except to profit by 
them. That there have been great blunders, even the 
most sanguine will not deny. And to attempt to con- 
tinue on with the present excessive burden, until some 
or all the schools smash up, would be the greatest 
blunder of all ; it woidd not be less than a calamity. 
Then, in the spirit of seeking the best interest of the 
whole school question and the whole church, without 
local prejudice and partiality, let us seek for relief,— 
at least let us consider the question. 

Ts consolidation of the schools feasible? Is it ad- 
visable? The strongest reasons in favor of it are in- 
creased efficiency, less expense in the whole, and the 
renewal of hope and cheerful cooperation. The 
strongest reasons against it are property considera- 
tions, the probable reduction of the number of our 
own children in Brethren schools, and local prefer- 

It is easy to see how a church, overtaxed with the 
number of its schools, would increase their efficiency 
by reducing the number to its needs. They could be 
better equipped in every way. Better work could be 
done with less expense. The proportion of the stu- 
dents in Brethren schools that take regular college 
work is too small to justify the equipment of nine col- 
leges, as we are attempting at present. And this is 
what makes the expenses so heavy. When the college 
departments were added to the schools, then they be- 
gan to fall in debt in running expenses, because there 
is not enough of such work to justify it, financially. 

If all were of one mind to consolidate the twelve 
schools into four, or even six. and if all local prefer- 
ences were fully satisfied, it could not be done w'ithout 
considerable financial loss. School property nearly al- 
w-ays sells below cost; on the other hand, buildings al- 
'ways cost full value. Consolidation would involve 
both the sale of property and the building of new. 
.And if the number of schools were reduced, — their 
location placed further from more hemes, — it is al- 
most certain that some Brethren, now supporting 
Brethren schools, would send to other nearby schoods. 
These are reasons against consolidation ; but the ad- 
vantages gained would fully justify it. And the in- 
creased efficiency that would be added to the schools, 
if the number were reduced to the needs, would large- 
ly overcome the objection of parents to sending great- 
er distances. 

Or would it be better to coordinate the schools, 
making them a system of schools? The system might 
provide one college and one Bible school, each suitably 
located, and the rest preparatory schools or academies. 
Or it might be best to have one well-equipped com- 

mercial school. Such points would, of course, have to 
be determined l)v school-men. The plan comprehends 
a system of sciiools with a first-class college as its 
head; the preparatory schools would be feeders to the 

There are many strong reasons in favor of this plan 
and really, no substantial reasons against it. It has 
all the advantages of the consolidation plan, and some 
advantages that consolidation does not have, without 
the greatest objections to consolidation. 

It"can be done without financial loss. The school 
properties would remain as they are, except the one 
chosen to be the college. That, no doubt, would have 
to be enlarged. The rest of them would run as acade- 
mies Feelings of local preference and pride would 
not be disturbed, as consolidation would do. The same 
local interest could be exercised in the academies as 
in the colleges at present. There could easily be some 
feelin" as to where and which should be chosen to be 
the college,-the head of the system. But the general 
..ood should be sought, and this alone; and our school 
people have outgrown all considerations less than 
this, I should think. The greatest good to the greatest 
number should rule. 

Tl is plan overcomes the matter of inconvenience in 
sending far away, except for the college students. 
Thes? constitute a comparatively small number, and 
their college work wonld come after they are some- . 
what matured. The younger boys and girls, when they 
'need all the care of both parents and teachers, could 
attend Brethren schools near home. But the strong- 
est reasons in favor of the plan are efficiency and the 
wise use of money. Tt would ^give a very excellent 
system of schools. The academies could be the best 
and fiie church is in a position to fit up one,— at least 
one— first-class college, which would be the nest egg 
of a future university. What would be undertaken, 
according to this plan, could be done efficiently. With 
our nine colleges, one jireparatory school, and two Bi- 
ble schools, we are stranded. We have undertaken 
more than we can do, and more than we need to do. 
.-\nd the schools, according to this plan, might be self- 
supporting. If there was but one college, that could 
be wed endowed, and the academies could probably 
take rare of themselves. .Xny way. the expense of 
operating the schools would not be near so large as at 
present. This plan would enable us to provide for a 
much larger number of students with much less ex- 
licnse, proportionately. 

In the event of either consolidation or the coordina- 
tion of the schools, the church should own the school 
properties. That w^ould be better even under the pres- 
ent plan. The church should own all the schools, 
should take the educational work in hand 'and direct 
it. and should bear all responsibility. 

It was not my aim, in the present paper, to discuss 
the subject exhaustively. What is said is intended as 
suggestive ; it is intended to launcU a discussion of the 
sulijcct; it invites an expression of views on the sub- 
ject. H. c. E. 

And by the way, if Ihe Scriptures do not mean what 
they say, then, who is duly authorized to say just what 
they do mean? The excuse is that the dust and the 
wearing of sandals made foot-washing a daily necessity. 
Well, suppose that to be true, what does that have to 
do with feet-washing as a religious rite? If the words 
he used on the occasion mean anything at all, they 
certainly mean that Jesus intended that the feet-wash- 
ing, in which he engaged was intended as a religious 
institution to be observed by his people. Should the 
editor of the Hemld undertake to establish feet-wash- 
ing as a religious rite, in a certain community, he could 
do'" it no more efl^ectually than to do just what Jesus 
did, as set forth in John 13. Furthermore, no one 
reading a report of the occurrence would misunder- 
stand the purpose of the example, or the meaning of 
the words employed. Why not use as much good com- 
mon sense when interpreting the Scriptures? Why 
not tell the people plainly that the Master meant his 
followers to wash one another's feet with the distinct, 
understanding that the spiritual application should al- 
ways accompany the service? 

He Found no God. 

A M.\N, after returning from a high-toned church 
one Sundav, was asked what he found there. He 
said he foimd a verv small congregation but no God. 
We are wondering how many might truthfully say the 
same thing. They go to church on Sunday morning, 
meet a few well-dressed and fully-jeweled men and 
women.— rather more women than men,— listen tb 
some aristocratic music, hear a scholarly address, re- 
ceive the benediction, but see and hear nothing that 
reminds them of a God. On returning to their homes 
they think about anything else but the God that they 
should have worshiped. In a heathen temple the idol 
is made the most conspicuous part of the service. Re- 
move the idol and the temple will soon be emptied. 
The reason we have so many empty pews, in costly 
edifices, is because GodJs not brought to the front. 
Make God the most prominent object in our church 
services and the people will come in great numbers to 
pay their vows. 

Wresting Scripture. 

It is remarkablehow^ some people will wrest Scrip- 
ture, so as to make it apparently teach something 
different from ivhat it was originally intended. 
The editor of the Christian Herald being asked 
what Jesus meant by the statement ascribed to 
him in John 13: 14, offered this answer; "This pas- 
sage it not to be" interpreted in the narrow, literal 
sense, as has often been done by popes and emperors. 
It means that we must be willing and glad to do the 
humblest service for each other. In a climate wdiere 
people wore sandals and where the pervading lime- 
stone dust mingled wdth the dry soil and made foot- 
washing a daily necessity, it was obviously one of the 
first services for comfort. In climates where such 
conditions do not exist, the same object illustration can 
not apply, though the spiritual application remains." 
Where is the real consistency of having the Savior 
mean something entirely different from what he said? 
He certainly knew how to say just what he meant. If 
he meant to teach, by the feet-washing service, that 
his followers must be willing and glad to do the hum- 
blest service for each other, why did he. not say so, in- 
stead of leaving it for others to gues^i at, his meaning ? 

Paul's Consistency. 

When Paul said that he was made all things to all 
men, he did not mean^to say that he believed one thing 
on Sunday and something different on Monday. He 
did not wish to be understood as changing his religious 
convictions and practices just to suit the tastes of the 
dift'erent people he chanced to meet. He did not wish 
to convey the idea that he lived the simple life during 
the week, and fell in with the gaudy fashions of the 
world on the Lord's Day. He rather wished to" be 
understood as exercising wisdom and tact, in order 
that he might lead those around him to accept Christ. 
His manner of expressing himself is simply another 
way of saying that he employed tact in his work as a 
minister of the Gospel. In his way of approaching 
people, and presenting Christ to thi:m, he won the vic- 
tory over many an enemy of the truth. He under- 
stood his Master : he understood the Gospel, and thqji 
he understood the people among whom he went as an 
ambassador of Christ. 

The Exemplary Sunday-School Teacher. 

Can one who is at enmity with a brother or a sister 
consistently fill the position of n Sunday-sehool teacher? 
He can, if he does his part in endeavoring to be- 
come reconciled to the other party. But if he persists 
in living on bad terms with one classed as a member 
of the household of faith, and will pay no attention 
to the teaching of Matl. 18, and in this way sets a had 
example for the pui)ils in his class and others, the 
propriety of his further teaching becomes a serious 
matter. ' The trouble bet«-een the two parties may be 
no fault of the teacher, but he can at least make an 
cft'ort to bring about a rccouciliatioii. Malt. IS says 
how this may be done, and if he refuses to do his part 
it properly becomes the duty of the church to take the 
case under advisement, and see that the two members 
become reconciled. The church should see to it that 
her Sunday-school teachers and officers Ao not be- 
come a stumbling-block to otters, 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 



D. Ii. Miller, Chairman Mt. Morria, III. 

H. C. Early, Vice-Chairman Fenn Laird, Va. 

■ O-alen B. Boyer, Sec. and Treas Blirln. 111. 

Ii. W. Teeter, Hagerstown, Ind. 

Cliae. D, BoQSaok, Union Bridge, Md, 

J. J. Yod«r, McPherson, Kansas- 
General UElBilon Board, BlRin, HI. 


This church inct in council Dec. 23, with Bro. J. H. 
llvinzie presiding. Officers were elected for the coining 
.7ear, with Bro. D. B. Miller reelected as our elder; Bro. 
E. Bamfoi'd, church treasurer; Sister Mary Kinzie, secre- 
tary; the writer. Messenger correspondent; Sister Grace 
Hubc, church chorister: Bro. Chas. UUery, superintend- 
icnt of the Sunday-school; Sister Ara Lewis, secretary- 
ilreasurcr; Bro. Hulse, president of the Christian Work- 
lers' Meeting; Bro. Wesley Lewis, secretary-treasurer. 
Our Sunday-school and Christian Workers' Meeting are 
not growing as fast as we should like to see, but we hope 
to have a larger attendance when the weather becomes 
jiiorc favorable. 

We observed Thanksgiving Day by a short service. 
Each one told of the many things he had to be thankful 
for. A short program was given on Sunday before Christ- 
mas. The children spoke a few Christmas pieces, and 
several selected readings and songs were ^iven. We 
hope and pray that the new year may bring forth more 
Haborers to help build up God's cause at this place. 

Haxtum, Colo., Dec. 28. Maude C. Kinzie. 

LImer Harman, president of the Christian Workers' 
Meeting; Sister EUa McCune, superintendent of the home 
department and cradle roll; Bro. D. P. Strole, church 
correspondent; Bro. W. C. Cook, church .trustee. Eld. 
H. L. Brammell was chosen elder in charge for the next 
year, with Bro. O. R. McCune as foreman in the absence 
of tlie elder. 

Letters of membership were granted to Bro. E. F, Sher- 
fy and wife, Sister Alice Waters, and the writer and his 
wife. During the twenty-two years of our connection 
with the work at this place, our associations have been 
pleasant. Since tlie establishment of our church in the 
city we never had occasion to call on any one to assist 
us in adjusting any differences. As a token of respect the 
church made us a present, valued by us far above the cash 
value. When it came to taking our membership out of 
the church where we had labored so long, and of which 
we had charge since its organization, we felt as though 
we were going from home with a lonely heart. While we 
will take up work and reside in a new congregation, we 
will not be far away and feel that we can associate to- 
gether and help each other to advance the Master's causL- 
in this large and needy city. May the Lord bless all the 
Father's children! L H. Crist. 

Kansas City, Kans,, Dec. 30. 


Our church met in council Dec. 28. Two letters of 
membership were received and one granted. Our church 
and Sunday-school officers were elected for the coming 
year. Bro. J. S. Leaman was chosen Sunday-school su- 
perintendent. Bro. Lantz will be our presiding elder for 
another year. Bro. C. A. Quakenbush was chosen as 
Messenger agent and correspondent. Most of our offi- 
cers were reelected. We had no services on Christmas 
Daj', but had a special program on Sunday evening, in 
connection with our Christian Workers' Meeting, fol- 
lowed by a Christmas sermon by Bro. Quakenbush. Bro. 
iLantz preached at the Madison house in the evening. 
This being our regular time to take up a missionary col- 
ileCtion (which is lifted every two weeks), no special 
Christmas offering was taken. O.ur Christian Workers' 
Band is responding readily to the call for missions, their 
■collection being $3.80 on Sunday evening. 

We are much encouraged by the help of our young peo- 
ple. There is much room for many workers here and in 
Madison. We request any members, especially ministers, 
who desire city or country locations, to investigate the 
available opportunities in our locality. 

R. D. 1, Olpe, Kans., Dec. 30. Ellen Quakenbush. 


Dec. 17 we dedicated our new churchhouse. There was 
Sunday-school at the regular hour, followed by the dedi- 
catory services. The opening exercises were conducted 
by Bro. S. P. Berkebile, the former pastor at this place. 
"Bro. D. M. Garver, of Trotwood, Ohio, In an able and 
impressive manner delivered the dedicatory sermon to a 
large and appreciative audience, taking his text from Psa. 
■96: 6. Considering the weather, we had a good represen- 
tation of our home members, as well as some from ad- 
joining congregations. 

The church was erected'at a cost of $5,300. By means 
■of pledges *and other necessary arrangements we were 
■enabled to complete the-house, and to dedicate it to the 
Lord. We hope it may always be used to his honor and 
glory. The building is a decided improvement over the 
old one. being a neat structure both inside and outside. 
It will amply meet the needs of our growing Sunday- 
school, as we had been crowded in our old church. 

The work has been growing for the past few years, and 
yet we know that the Lord will continue to bless uf if 
we do our part, as more effective work can be done, be- 
cause of better facilities for work. Bro. D. A. Snyder 
came here Dec. IS, and began a series of evangelistic 
meetings. We Iiave splendid crowds each night, with 
good attention and interest. We hope that much good 
will be done ere the close of the meetings. There is to be 
a love feast at the close. Surely, the Lord has done great 
things for us, whereof we are glad. Leah B. Wright. 

426 W. Culbertson Street, Fostoria, Ohio, Dec. 18. 


Dec. 27 we met in council, at which time officers were 
elected for the next six months; also an elder and a fore- 
man for the year. We had with us Eld. H. L. Brammell. 
member of our Mission "Board, and Eld. Moses Cruea, of 
Kansas City, Mo. The following officers were elected: 
Ero. S. P. Haldeman^ Sunday-school superintendent; Bro. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

The Following Notes, Crowded Out of Last Issue, Are 
Given Space on This Page. 

Beedley.— Our church was made to rejoice when last Tues- 
day niorntng' an agrrl brother, past his seventy-flfth year, re- 
fjuested to be baptized. His home is at Hills Valley, about 
fifteen mites out of Keodley. in tho neighborhood of Brother 
and Sister I. F. Betts. The kindness shown Iho family by 
our people at tlie death of his sister, with wliom he had his 
homo, brought him to realize that he had found the church 
nf his choice. Our meetings are noiv in progress, conducted 
by Bro, Crist, of L.os Angeles. There has been a fair at- 
lendancc, and our brother has beeen preacliing the Word with 
power. On Christma.s Bvo tVic Christian Workers" hour was 
given to the children. Some very appropriate recitations were 
given. "We praise God for the children, and for the opportun- 
ity of bringing them to the front wliero they may bo used in 
the Uraster's service. — Susie Michael. Rcedley. Cal,. Dec. 25. 

Smith rork. — We met In council Dec. 23. with Eld. Geo. 
A. Dove as moderator. We decided to hold another series of 
meeting.'? In about a month. Our last series of meetings did 
not result ns we had prayed It should. Our evangelist was 
taken with la grippe, so he could not fill his appointments 
at the time anticipated. He labored very earnestly, however, 
and much good was done. Bro. Brubaker was reelected ap 
our elder: Bro. J. G-. Dove, clerk; the writer, superintendent 
of the Sunday-school and Messenger correspondent. We are 
planning to do more and better work if It is in our power to 
do so.— W. B. Ely, Crawford, Colo.. Dec. 20. 


Bremen church met in council Dec. 211, with Bro. John R. 
Miller presiding. Bro. Owen Harley was elected Sunday- 
school superintendejit at the Brick house; Bro. William 
Weaver, superintendent at the Riverside house, Bro. Irvin 
Weaver was elected to assist In the selection of Sunday- 
school teachers for 1912. The writer was chosen president 
of the Christian Workers" Meeting. Bro. IrvIn Weaver's wife 
was received by the churcli as his helpmeet In the second 
degree of the ministry.— Monroe Martin, Bremen. Ind., Dec. 

Iioffansport. — 'Dec. 28. we met In council. Our elder, Bro. 
J. W. Norris. of Marlon." presided; A missionary committee 
was elected, consisting of the following members: Bro. Edwin 
Zimmerman, Sisters Josie Hanna and Bertha Oberlln. Sister 
Will Crook was elected superintendent of the Sunday-school; 
Bro. Edwin Zimmerman, secretary; also president of the 
Christian Workers' Meeting, During the past year five souls 
were added to the fold by baptism and one reclaimed. The 
work at this pl'aee Is progressing nicely.— Lottie A. HIrt, 
3ia Clifton Avenue, Logansport, Ind., Dec. 30. 

Wappanee.— Our church met in council Dec. 21, with Bro. 
David Metzler presiding. We received two by letter. Sun- 
day-school officers for the coming year were elected, with 
Trvin Duker as superintendent. Sister Mable Rupert, secretary. 
Christian Worker.s' Meeting officers for the coming year 
were elected, with Sister Carry Blocher as president. On 
Cln-lstmas Eve the Sundav-seliool rendered a Christmas pro- 
gram Tlie chllcU-eu did splendidly, and we had a crowded 
];oiise,_B. J. Miller, Nappanee. Ind., Dec. 27. 

Bock BuJi congregation met in council Dec. 23, with Bro. I. 
D Berkey^s moderator. Bro. J. B. Weaver was reelected as 
our elder for the next year. Bro. Henry W. Cripe was ciiosen 
'luperlntendent; Sister Pearl Davenport, chorister; Sister La- 
Veni Day, correspondent. Dec. 24 we had a Christmas pro- 
gram, which was given largely by the children and pleasing 
to all We ar« having a very spiritual revival meeting, con- 
ducted by Bro Walter Warstler, Four have united witii the 
uhurch alreadv. and wo hope there will be many more before 
the close of the meetings.- J«nnle Martin, B. D. 10, Goshen. 
Ind.. Dec. 28. 

Summitville.— Our hearts were made glad when three of 
our Sundav-school girls and their mothers decided to walk 
with the Savior. Bro. Hatcher performed the sacred rite or 
baptism. Others, we believe, are thinking seriously. We 
are praving for an outpouring of the Spirit during our meet- 
ings sometime In January.— Grace Hiatt, Summitville. Ind., 
Dec. 2S. 

Wakarnsa.- Dec. 2i. Bro. S. J. Burger closed a two weeks- 
revival at the Baugo house. There were two accessions to 
the church and the members were strengthened.— Bertha A. 
Moyer. Wakarusa, Ind., Dec. 28. 


Lawrence church met in special council Dec. 23, prepara- 
inrv to our love feast, held on Christmas Eve. Our elder. 
Bra H. L. Brammeil. presided. There were only a few items 
of business. Two letters of membership were received. The 
work at this place will be thoroughly reorganized at our next 
council. The members at this place havo labored under discour- 
aging conditions during the past, but since the Mission Board 
has decided to help, us. we look toward a bright future. The 
new house was dedicated Dec. 10, and we noiv fee! that we arc 
iruly blessed In having a good, convenient place of worship. 
Bro D. A Crist, of Quinter. Kans., deUvered the dedicatory 
•^f-rmon Twenty-one surrounded the tables on Sunday even- 
ing to partake of the Ufe-glvlnK emblems. The Christmas 

spirit seemed to be uppermost in each mind, and the meeting 
was a very enjoyablr one. Bro. L,. H. Root officiated.- Lola 
Root, 1305 Haskell Avenue. Lawrence, Kans.. Dec, SO. 

Oberlln.— Bro. Geo. Eller. of Gralnlleld, ICans,, came here 
Dec. 3 and held a two weeks" series of meetings, closing with 
a love feast. He preached the Word with great power. Three 
dear souls stepped out of darknes.s into the kingdom of light. 
Many others were seriously Impressed. Our little band of 
Isolated members was made to rejoice, and much built up. 
Brethren, you who are blessed with two or three ministers. 
" come over Into Macedonia and help us." " The harvest truly 
Is great, but the laborers are few.'" — J. Y. P. Ellckenstaff, 
Oberlln, Kans,, Dec, 30. 

Quinter. — A very interesting meeting was held In this 
church on Christmas Day. Addresses were given by Eld. D. 
A. Crist and another brother, on the subjects of " God's Gifts 
to the World" and "Our Duties of Giving Onr Service and 
Substance to the Lord's Cause."" At noon all repaired to the 
basement and partook of the bounteous meal, after which a 
number of baskets were filled and sent out to those that were 
not there. The afternoon was spent In recitations, and talks 
on topics pertaining to the Interest of the Sunday-school and 
Christian Workers" Meeting. A collection of $14.01 was taken, 
most of which is to be given to the needy ones In our own 
church and vicinity. The day was profitably spent. — J, W, 
Jarboe, Quinter, Kans,. Dec. 30, 


Fairvlew — We met at our church on Christmas Day. We 
had an interesting sermon by our minister. Bro. B. B. Hylton, 
Ho also addres.^ied us on Thanksgiving Day. At that time we 
also had talks by other membersi. All found plenty of things 
to be thankful for,— Maggie Miller, R. D. 1. Box 17. Macomb. 
Mo.. Dec. 30. 

Oilford — Wo expect to organize a Brethren church In the 
near future, and also to build a churchhouse. There are twen- 
ly-six members, with Bro. J. A. Brumbaugh as minister; also 
two deacons. One minister In tho first degree lives twenty- 
five miles south oC us. A notice of tho organization will be 
given ns soon r^ arrangemenLs arc made. Pray for ua that 
tho Lord's work may prosper In this vicinity. — W. H. Meeks. 
Gilford, Mont.. Dec, 2S. 

Ootavla church met In business meeting Dec. 30, and elected 
officers for tiie following year. Bro. M. N. Wine and Sisters 
A. R Eberly and Mary SIrickler were eleclert members of our 
"Missionary Educational rommlttoc." Brethren S. W. Mohlcr, 
J. H. Dltzler and M, N. Wine were elected members of our 
"'Temperance Committee," — S. G. Mohler. Oetavia, Nebr,. 
Dec. 30. 


Bod Biver church met In council Dec. 28. Our elder. Bro. 
.lo.'jeph Nlll, presided. Four letters were granted. Church 
officers were elected for one year, with Bro. .Toaeph Nill as 
our elder; Bro. O. M, Pobst. treasurer; Sister Lizzie Hart. 
clerk; the writer. Sunday-school superintendent, church cor- 
respondent and Messenger agent. Dec. 3 Bro, I. H. Miller, our 
District Sunday-school Secretary, conducted a Sunday-school 
Meeting and preached each evening until Dec. 7. — Gay Nlll, 
Holllster, Okla.. Dec. 29, 


Philadelphia ,<Bethany Mission, 3255 Kensington Avenue), 

■ — ^Dec, S't we had a most encouraging day for tho work at 

this place. Tho Sunday-school attendance was 281. — tho best 
It has been this winter. In the afternoon a number of our 
young people went on errands of good eheor to the homes 
of the sick, aged and sorrowful. They carried In their baskets 
fruit, cards and Christmas greetlng.'J, Tlielr prayers and 
songs, which they offered In these hornet, made many hearts 
lighter, feeling the Influence and comfort of the Father's 
precious gift to us. In the evening our pastor. Bro. Paul 
Bowman, spoke on "Tho Homeless Christ." When the invi- 
tation was given, two young women. In the prime of life, gave 
Christ a home in their hearts. At the close of the services 
three mothers, with grown children, were burled with Christ 
In ba.ptlsm. On Christmas evening our young people gave a 
most interesting program of songs and recitations. The 
church was crowded with parents and children. We feel that 
the Lord Is blessing us In his work. — Mrs. Sallle B. Schnell, 
1906 North Park Avenue. Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 29. 

Philadelphia (First Church of the Brethren. Dauphin above 
Broad Street). — Wo held our Christmas exercises on Sunday 
afternoon, Dec. 24, The program was well arranged and suit- 
able for the day and occasion. One new feature of the pro- 
gram was class offerlng.s. The roll was called, when each 
class responded with a special olTerlng. Some wore for the 
church, .some for the Sunday-school, some for missionary pur- 
poses, and others for the sick, poor and discouraged. It was 
very Inspiring, and tilled one with the true Christmas spirit. 
At the close of the services each scholar was given a box 
of candy. It was one of tho best exercises we ever had. In 
the evening our pastor gave us a very good sermon on "The 
Meaning of Christmas," At the close of the services one dear 
sister gave Christ- room In her heart and was baptized, — Mrs. 
Sallle B. Schnell. lOOO North Park Avenue, Philadelphia. Pa.. 
Dec. 29. 

Blchflelrt Our series of meetings at this place closed on 

Friday night. Dec. 22. Bro, D. A. Foust. of Mercersburg. 
Pa., preached sixteen inspiring sermons, and made a number 
of visits. Tho church was encouraged and strengthened, — 
P G, Shelley. Richfield. Pa„ Dec. 30. 

Coulson.— Brn. .Joseph Bowman, of Callaway, Va., began a 
series of meetings at this place Dec. IR and continued until 
Dec. 25. He preached fifteen sermons. Three of them were 
doctrinal. He also assisted at one burial service. Five came 
OTit on the Lord's side and others seemed near the kingdom. 
This was our brother's first visit to this place, but he made 
many warm friends while among us,— ^arah J. Hylton, 
Monarat. Va., Dec. 29. 


Tacoma. — At our monthly council we rel'Iected all our Sun- 
day-school ofTlcers. Sister Isa Musser was chosen president 
Of the Christian Workers' Meeting, One letter was granted. 
On Sunday morning the Sunday-school rendered an interest- 
ing Christmas program, tho closing number being a sur- 
prise — a wedding. Bro. Stlverson leaves us again, to hold 
a revival in the Chewelah church. Bro. H. M. Rothrock will 
havo charge of the services in his absence. — Elsie Garman, 
R. D, 2, Box 258. Tacoma. Wash.. Dec. 30. 

■Wenatohee. — Our church met In council Dec. 23, with Eld, 
A. B. Peters presiding. One letter was received and two 
granted. Bro. L, E. Ulrlch was chosen as elder In charge: 
Bro. L. C. Wise, clerk and trustee; Bro. J. R. Peters, treasurer: 
the writer chorister and Messenger correspondent: Bro. S. M. 
Neher, Messenger agent: Bro. D, B. Steele, Sunday-school 
superintendent; Sister Mamie McMlllen. secretary-treasurer. 
Our series of meetings will begin Dec. 31. to be conducted 
by our home ministers, Brethren S. Schechter and J. E. Smith. 
On Christmas Dav Bro, Walter Brunton delivered a Christ- 
mas sermon for us, and In the evening Bro. A. D, Bowm;*" 
preached his farewell sermon. He and his family e:xpect to 
leave In a few days for Fresno. Cat, — Alice M, Peters, R. D, 2, 
Wenatchce. Wash.. Dec. 26. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 

Notes From Oar Correspondents 

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Boyle Heie-Jita Mission.— On the evening of Friday, Dec. 22, 
Cliristmas exercises were lield at the Mission. Tlie proeram 
was rendered almost entirely by the boys and girl.s of the 
Sunday-school. As we looked into the bright faces of the 
children we could not help but fee) that the work at this 
place was successful. Sister Ora Nine gave a short talk 
after the exercises. Bro. HI ram Smith has charge of the 
work and Is very enthusiastic in the Sunday-school cause. 
— Florence Stutsman. 3231 N. Broadway, Los Angeles. Cal., 
Dec. 29. 

Troplco church met in council Dec. 23, at 2 P. M.. with our 
elder. Wm. Stutsman, presiding, Sunday-school officers were 
elected for the coming year, with Lucinda Stutsman as super- 
intendent, and Clyde Shlvely as secretary and treasurer. Bro. 
Edw. Shivelv was elected church clerk, and Bro. E. A. Stuts- 
man, treasurer, "We had a very pleasant, spiritual meeting. 
— Liiclnda Stutsman, Corner Third and Sinclair Streets, Glen- 
dale, Cal,, Dec. 29. 

Colorado City.— In my last report I failed to mention that 
three letters of membership had been received and two 
granted. At our recent council Sister Anna Hoover was re- 
ceived as a helper to her husband in the deacon's office. Yes- 
terday afternoon our Aid Society elected officers for a term 
of six months. Sister Anna Hoover is secretary-treasurer of 
our society. We meet once each week, and one aiicrnoon of 
each month is devoted to a mothers' and daughters' meeting, 
which we enjoy very much, and from wliich we receive many 
helpful suggestions. We also enjoy the benefit of a teacher- 
training class, which meets on Wednesday evening of each 
week, with Sister Clara Michael as teacher. At present we 
are studying the New Testament division, or the life oi^ 
Christ, which proves to be Intensely Interesting. Last Sun- 
day we were again favored with "two excellent sermons by 
Bro. J, GrofC, of Wayne. Colo, — Bettfe Root, G36 Ehrich St,, 
Colorado City, Colo., Jan. G. 

Smith Fork church met in council Dec. 27, with Bro, George 
A, Dove as moderator. We elected all of our officers for the 
coming year. Bro. Erubakor was reelected elder for another 
year. Our church building committee was retained for another 
year. Bro. J. G. Dove was chosen cierh; Ero. L. H. Howell, .so- 
licitor and Messenger agent; Bro. W. B, Eby, correspondent and 
Sunday-school superintendent. We expect to have another series 
of meetings as soon as we can arrange for It. Our first series 
of meetings was somewhat interfered with by District Meet- 
ing. We hope that we will have a good revival at this place. 
Those wishing to locate where they can be of use !n the Mas-' 
ter's vineyard, are invited to come liere,— R. A. Saylor, Craw- 
ford. Colo., Dec. 31. 

AlUaon Prairie (Illinois). — Dec. 24, the Sunday-school schol- 
ars were given a small treat, which seemed to be very much 
appreciated. We did not have ser%'Ices on Christmas Day, 
on account of the illness of our elder. Dec. 31, after Sunday- 
school, we reorganized by electing Bro. Adam JellI=on for 
our superintendent: Kister Oma Jellison. secretary. We also 
reorganized the Christian Workers' Meeting in the evening by 
electing Sister Edith Gerhart, president. The program com- 
mittee are Sister Oma Jellison, Brethren James Crawford 
and Nelson Johnson, — Flossie Moore Goff, H. D. G. Box ^i. 
Vineennes, Ind., Jan, 1. 

Cliicag-o ^The Hastings Street Christian Workers' Society 

met on the evening of Dec. 31 for a watch service. The meet- 
ing opened at 8:30 and lasted till 12:3 5, A splendid program 
was rendered by both the Junior and Senior Societies. Light 
refreshments were served, after which Bro, E. Sherfy preached 
a sermon. A unloue feature of our program was .the lining 
of hymns before singing them, according to the old custom 
of the Brethren, This has been our third watch service, but 
each one has proved more helpful and more interesting than 
the one before. We feel that It would be a good thing if 
there would be more such ser^'ices in the Brotherhood, We 
start our new year with our new president, Sister Mattie 
Garrison. — Mrs, Walter C. Frick, 2754 West Twenty-second 
Street, Chicago. 111., Jan. 1. 

Correotloii. — In reporting our Thanksgiving offering the 
types made me say S18,2B. It should have been ?S1.2E. — Etta 
Krelder, Shannon. 111., Jan. 2. 

SToTint Morris. — We have .lust closed a two weeks' series of 
meetings at the old Silver Creek churchhouse. This Is the 
oldest churchhouse In our congregation, and for years was 
the center of our religious activities. To the many whose 
friends and relatives are resting in the well-kept cemetery 
which ad.ioins, to the large number who have entered the king- 
dom by being immersed beneath the crystalline waters down 
by the willows, or to others who have retired to the shade of 
the oaks for closer communion. Silver Creek Is of sacred mem- 
ory. Bro J. M. Smith, of Woodland. Mich,, spoke to the edifi- 
cation of all who attended the meetings, and It seems that 
his efforts, combined with the labors of local workers, may 
revive the somewhat dormant work at this point. — Charles H, 
Keltner. Mt, Morris. 111,. Jan. 1. 

Oakley church met In quarterly council Dec. 30, Eld. J. W. 
Lear, of Decatur, met with us. Our Sunday-school was re- 
organized for the coming year with Bro. V. B. Stutzman as 
superintendent. Our elder. Bro. D. J. Bllckenstaff. offered his 
resignation, but the church decided to retain hira for two 
years. Five letters of memhfrshlp were granted. At a pre- 
vious called council Bro, W, T. Herkman was ordained to the 
cldership.^Effa Buckingham, Oakley, 111,, Jan, 1. 


Bachelor Xbmi. — Dec. 27 our church met In council at the 
country house. At a former meeting It was decided to divide 
the church territory Into twq separate congregations. The 
country church decided to hold the name "Bachelor Run." 
The adjoining elder.s present were Brethren John Flora, A. G. 
Crosswhite. J. G. Stinebaugh and Henry Landis. Eld. A. G. 
Crosswhite was chosen moderator and J. G. Stinebaugh, tem- 
porary clerk. Bro. Benj. Ray was chosen as our presiding 
elder; Bro, Boyd Bechtelhelmer. Messenger agent; the writer. 
Messenger correspondent. Sunday-schooL officers for the fol- 
lowing year were elected, with Bro. Fred Myer as super- 
intendent. — Grace Myer, Brlnghurst, Ind,, Jan. 3. 

Blue Biver. — Our church met In council Dec, 31. with our 
elder, Ero, Walter Swihart. presiding. The business was 
mostly that of electing officers for the Sunday-school and 
Christian Workers' Meeting. A church treasurer and corre- 
spondent were also chosen. We expect to begin our revival 
meetings about the 15th or 20th of this month. Bro. Dorsey 
Hodgden Is to conduct the services. — Neva Hire R D 1 
Churubusco, Ind,, Jan. 1. ' ' 

EHthart Valley church met In council Dec. 30. Our elder, 
Bro. Frank Kreider. presided. Two letters were granted. The 
church adopted "Kingdom Sonirs " as her songbook for all 
services. Brethren Frank Kreider. Jacob Paulus and Eli 
Garber were elected as a committee to secure some one to hold 
revival meetings for us during the winter of 1912. We are 
in the midst of a revival at the present time. Bro. I. S. 
Burns has been with us since Dec. 24. In a series of meetings. 
One soul has already accepted Christ as her Savior. — William 
Brubaker. Elkhart. Ind.. Dec. 30. 

Ft. Wayne church met in council Dec. 29. Our elder, Bro. 

J W, Kitson, presided. Eld. J. C. Bright, of Dayton, Ohio, 
and Eld, D. E, Hoover, of Garrett, Ind.. were with us, for 
which we were glad. Bro. Kitson was again chosen as our 
elder for the coming year. The Sunday-school officers for 
1912 were elected, with the writer as superintendent; Bro. 
Carl Stover, secretary. Bro, J. Ahner will be our church 
correspondent. — G. F. Bender. 1814 Gay Street. Ft. Wayne, 
Ind., Jan. 2. 

Pour Mile, — Bro. Herschel Weaver, of West Manchester, 
Ohio, came to this place Dec. IG, and remained until Christ- 
mas, conducting a Bible class. He taught five hours each 
day. It was a great help In Bible study to all who attended. 
— Ethel Brower, Kitciiel, Ind.. Jan. 5. 

Ooflhen (West Side). — Our church met In special council 
Dec. 27. Elders Manly Deeter and Ell Heestand were with 
us. A sister was reinstated. , Officers were elected for the 
coming year, with Eld. C. A. Huber as presiding elder; Bro, 
Milo Crlpe. reelected church secretary: Ero. Amos Eigler, 
Sunday-school superintendent. Dec. 31 our reorganization 
was completed, after which Bro. C. B. Swihart, who Is home 
from Bethany Bible School, delivered an installation address, 
which was much appreciated by all. The Installation serv- 
ices were conducted by Eld. L. P. Kurtz, — Mrs. Osie Brum- 
baugh, Goshen, Ind.. Jan. 1. 

Maple Grove.— Bro. J. G. Royer has just closed a very in- 
teresting and profitable week of Bible work at this place. 
Among the many good things that he tried to impress upon 
our minds was the Importance of having a system for our 
Bible reading, and the value of life at Its best. Sunday 
morning Bro. Royer conducted a very impressive Installation 
service for the Christian "Workers' and Sunday-school officers 
of the coming, year. At the close of the preaching services 
we were made to rejoice because of four schol- 
ars enlisting In the Lord's service, being baptized the same 
,day. Sister Nora Shlvely has been giving us valued instruc- 
tion in singing. Especially have the children enjoyed her 
presence here, They have received special training, with good 
results, — Clara E, Burtsfield. New Paris, Ind., Jan, 1. 

Middle Pork. — We met in council Dec. 30. Seven letters 
were granted, among which were those of Bro. L. T, Hol- 
slnger and family, who Intend soon to locate at Muncie, 
Tnd, It was decided to send $16.50 of the S32,6G Harvest 
Meeting collection to the North Manchester College, and the 
remiinder to the Southern District of Indiana. Bro. D, D, 
HufTord was elected superintendent of our Sunday-school; 
Bro. Dennis Huftord, president of the Christian Workers' 
Moering. On Christmas Eve a program was rendered by the 
Kund.iy-school. — Mrs, Florence G. Replogle, Owasco, Ind., 
Jan. 1. 

Mancie.— Dec. 24 Bro, L. T. Holslngcr. of Rossville, Ind., 
came to our place with a view of locating among us. While 
here he gave us two good Christmas sermons, which were well 
received. Dec. 31 Eld, George L. Studebaker and wife, of 
Manchester College, came to us. Ero. Studebaker gave us an 
excellent discourse on the subject of " New Resolutions." 
The members all love to meet Bro. Studebaker. as he had 
charge of the work here for nine years. On the evening of 
Dec, 31 our District eider preached for us. One dear soul 
came out on the Lord's side. After the evening services the 
members took up the proposition submitted to them by Ero. 
L, T, Holsinger. After a few short talks the proposition was 
accepted by all the members present. Bro. Holsinger will 
move here about Feb. 1, to take charge of the work at this 
place. Our Sunday-school was reorganized with Brethren 
E. Garrett and Fred KInzIe as superintendents; Sister Mae 
Kinzie, secretary.— N. J. Paul, 117 South Council Street. Mun- 
.cie, Ind,, Jan. 3. . 

Piue Creek.— Our one week's Bible school during the Holi- 
days, conducted by Eld. S. S. Slough, closed Dec, 29. The 
attendance and interest were good during the entire term. 
He gave us three periods In the forenoon, and one period 
in the evening, followed by a sermon. I-IIs teaching was along 
the line of different subjects, and he showed himself an efTi- 
clent instructor. The meetings were very helpful to our 
church. Ero. Warren Slabaugh, of Bethany Bible School. 
Chicago, III,, was with us during this Bible term, and 
preached for us on Saturday evening at the East house, and 
on Sunday morning at the Center house. Bro, J, O. Kesler, of 
North Dakota, was also with us. — M, S. Morris, E. D. 1, Walk- 
erton. Ind., Jan. 6. 

Bock Run. — Our church commenced a protracted meeting 
Dec. 10,^and continued until Dec. 28. Bro. Walter Warstler. 
of Goshen, Ind.. did the preaching. Four were baptized, '^''e 
had splendid meetings. The rain and dark nights and sick- 
ness in Bro, Warstler's home did not Interfere with the inter- 
est and attendance. — I, L, Berkey, Goshen, Ind.. Jan. 4. 

South Bena (First Church of the Brethren). — We met In 
regular council. Jan. 1. Four letters were received and two 
granted. Reports of the various departments of church work 
for 1911 were read, all of which Indicated the general pros- 
perity and Increased activity of our church. Two have been 
baptized since the last report. — Cora V. Wise, 126 N, Lafay- 
ette Street, South Bend, Ind.. Jan. 2, 

Tippecanoe church met in council Dec. 30. Our elder, Bro. 
Manly Deeter, and Bro. John Stout met wfth us. Bro. F, O. 
Rlchcreek was advanced to the eldership. He and his wife 
were both installed the same day. We decided to hold our 
series of meetings In October, if we can get a minister. 
Sister Anna Crlpe and Bro. Rlchcreek were chosen as a com- 
mittee to secure a minister. We retained Bro. Deeter for 
another 'year as our elder. The writer was reelected for 
another year as church correspondent. — Josiah Garber, Syra- 
cuse, Ind., Jan. 3. 


Cedar church met in council Dec. 30, Eld. John Zuck pre- 
sided. The writer was elected Sunday-school superintendent; 
Bro. Paul WIngerd, secretary-treasurer and president of the 
Christian-Workers' Society, and Sister Mabel WIngerd, secre- 
tary-treasurer. The writer was elected church clerk and cor- 
respondent.- — Frank Meyers, Clarence, Iowa, Jan. 4. 

Cedar Baplds church met in council on Tuesday evening, 
Jan. 2, Bro. Elmer Miller presiding. The usual business was 
pleasantly disposed of. One letter of membership was re- 
ceived. Our hearts were made to rejoice, on New Tear's 
Day. by receiving Into our number three of our Sunday- 
school boys. — Grace Tisdale, Cedar rupids, Iowa, Jan. 4. 


Predonla church met In council Dec. 30, with Eld, E, E. 
Joyce presiding. Church officers were elected for the fol- 
lowing year, with Bro. Joyce reelected as elder in charge; 
Sister Alda Bowman, clerk: William H. Sell, treasurer; Bro. 
Nobel Joyce, trustee: Bro. N- J. Miller, solicitor; Sister Nobel 
Joyce, solicitor for the Old Folks' Home. The Sunday-school 
is progressing nicely, with Ero. N. J, Miller as superintendent. 
We enter the new year with a determination to do more and 
better work for the cause of the Master than we have done 
In the year just ended. — Effle I, Toung, R. D. 4, Box 78, 
Fredonia. Kans., Dec, 30. 

Monitor church met In council Dec. 30, with Eld. J. J, Toder 
presiding. At this meeting all the officers of the church. 
Sunday-school and Christian Workers' Meeting were elected 
for the year 1912. Bro. M, J, Mlshler was chosen as our eider: 
Bro. W, H. Klepinger. r unday-s.hool superintendent; Bro. 
C. H. Dresher. president of the Christian Workers' Meeting; 
Sister Olive Todet president of the Junior Band; Bro, W. H. 
Clark, agent for the. Brethren Publishing House; Ero, W. H. 
Toder, temperance secretary. One letter of membership was 
received and one was granted. Bro, E. M, Studebaker con- 
ducted a Bible Institute during the holidays, which was a 

week of good things for all in attendance, but on account of 
the Inclement weather and bad roads the attendance was 
rather small, — Emma T. Stutzman, R. D. 2. Conway, Kans., 
Jan. 1. 

Morrill. — We have been made to rejoice at this place. Bro. 
S. E. Thompson held forth the Gospel with telling effect. 
Sinners were made to repent and saints were made to rejoice 
for what they have seen and heard. Sixteen were born Into 
the kingdom and one reclaimed. We now number about two 
hundred and twenty-flve, with enough work that no one needs 
to hide his talent, — Don A. Sawyer, Morrill, Kans,. Jan. 2. 

Ottawa. — We held our council Dec. 28. Our elder, Ero. P. E. 
Whltmer, presided. We received two members by letter, and 
granted two letters of memhcrship. We elected our church 
officers, with Sister Olive TSHieeler, clerk; Sister Martha Bllck- 
enstaff. Messenger agent and church solicitor, Bro. Frank 
Eshelman was elected superintendent of our Sunday-school; 
Ero. H. B. Wheeler, president of our Christian Workers' Soci- 
ety. Our Sunday-school gave a Christmas program at the 
church on Sunday evening, Dec. 24, At the close of the 
meeting wc took up a collection of $11 for Bro. James M. 
Neff. of California. Our midweek Bible meeting is proving 
to be one of our most interesting services. One of our 
brethren, F. E. McCune, our District Sunday-school Secretary, 
left Jan. 1 to attend Betliany Bible School. — Olive M. ^^Hieeier, 
723 Olive Street, Ottawa, Kans.. Jan. 4. 

Harrison County. — Our elder, Bro. E, O, Norris, of Ingalis, 
Ind., came to us on Saturday evening. At our council it was« 
decided that, from present prospects, a week's series of meet- 
ings would be iielpful. He is tIow engaged in conducting the 
meetings and preaches the Word with power. On Saturday 
evening, as a fitting close for our year's work of the Bereaii 
Band (Bible Readers' Band), we gave a program consisting 
of recitations and music. Nine of the members had followec! 
the assigned readings and read the Testament through during 
the year 1911. Several others had read a part of it, but not 
all. Each one who had finished was given a Testament as a 
New Tear's gift. They voted to begin again and read it through 
another time. One week before Christmas'Sister Anna Zim- 
merman, at her home, entertained the boys' and girls' classes. 
A pleasant time was enjoyed by all. On the following Sunday 
the boys of the class surprised Sister Anna by presenting 
her with a Testament and Psalms. A few days before Christ- 
mas Sister Miller invited her primary class to Mrs. T^'oodard's 
home. Every member of the class came, and there, with three 
of the mothers, the afternoon was enjoyed, and a treat given 
to the children. Though only nine montlis old,, our Sunday- 
school will continue through the remainder of the winter. — 
J. H. Morris. New York Hail. Louisville, Ky., Jan. 2, 


Monocaoy. — Dec. 30 we met In council in the Rocky Ridge 
house. Our elder. Ero. Thomas J, Kolb, presided. Not much 
business came before the meeting. One letter of membership 
was granted, Bro, P. J. Blough, of Hooversville, Pa., deliv- 
ered a temperance sermon in the Rocky Ridge house. The 
collection amounted to §4. The writer was- chosen church 
correspondent and Messenger aBent,^AIlen D, Hoover, Grace- 
liam, Md., Jan. 3. 


Bronson.— We held our Christmas services on the Sunday 
preceding Christmas. Bro. I, N. Snowberger preached for us 
on the subject, '.'The Gifts and Blessings of God," At the 
close of the services the writer was much surprised when the 
brethren and sisters and friends made him a present of a 
§25 fur overcoat, and supplied his wife with a sufficient 
amount of money to buy her a valuable present. Dec. 31 we 
reorganized our Sunday-school for 1912. with Wesley Zim- 
merman as superintendent. We would be glad to have more 
workers to locate with us to help in the work. Come and see. 
— 'Martin Hardman. Bronson, Mich., Jan. 1. 

Carsou City. — A very pleasant occasion was enjoyed at the 
home of Bro. Frank Manache Jan. 1, it being his seventy- 
sixth New Year's Day. He is a member of the New Haven 
congregation, Gratiot Co,, Mich. Bro, David Baker and wife 
of the Saginaw congregation. Saginaw Co., Mich., and the 
writer and his wife were invited guests to the bountiful 
repast and brotherly fellowship. May the Lord bless Bro. 
Manache and spare him, with us, to see another New T'ear's 
Day, continuing to lead us in the path of rectitude. — P. C, 
Older, Carson City, Mirh,, Jan. 2, 

Sug'ar Bldg-e. — Bro, O. P. Haines began preaching for us 
Dec. 17 and continued earnestly until Dec. 31, with good 
interest. Four were added to our number by baptism. Others 
are nearing the kingdom. — Nellie N, Teeter. Scottviile, Mich,, 
Jan. 2. 

Zion.— Dec. 23 our church met In council at the Ath'erton 
schoolhouse. Brethren Ira G. Blocher, L. R. Myers, Will 
Ritchey were appointed as our Temperance Committee. Si.-?- 
ters Myers and Laura Blocher and Bro, John Ritchey were 
appointed on the Missionary Committee. Sister Florence 
Ritchey was chosen as president of the Christian Worlters' 
Meeting; Bro, Ira G. Blocher, superintendent of the Sunday- 
school for the next six months. We have a fair attendance 
at our Sunday-school and the outlook is promising. The 
Christian Workers' Meetings are also well attended, and all 
other church services. More people are purchasing homes in 
this vicinity at present. Bro. Garret Bailey is here, looking 
for a location. He is of Knoxvllle, Tenn., the former home 
of our elder, Bro, J. P. Bowman. — W. F. Mason, R. D. 2. Pres- 
cott, Mich., Dec. 2. 


Hancock church met in council Dec. 30. Sunday-scliool 
officers were elected as follows: Bro. R, A. Nofus. superin- 
tendent; Sister Merl Glover, secretary and treasurer. Sister 
Grace Gler is our local temperance committee for the coming 
year. Four letters of membership were granted. We also . 
decided to curtain off rooms for Sunday-school classes. We 
- feel that this will be a great help in our Sunday-school work. 
We are in great need of more workers. Anyone wishing to 
find a place in which to work for the Lord, will be welcomed 
among us,— Mrs. R. A, Nofus, Hancock, Minn., Jan. 1. 

■Worthing1x)n church has just closed a. Bible Institute, con- 
ducted by Bro. Richards, of Chicago. Four hours were spent 
each day, for six days, in Bible study. Bro. Richards also 
preached four inspiring sermons while with us. Our teacher- 
training class meets every "\Vednesday afternoon at the differ- 
ent homes. It is taught by Bro. F. WiHiams during the ab- 
sence of the regular teacher. — Minnie Schechter, R. D. 5, 
Worthington, Minn., Jan, 1. 


Cabool church met in council at the town house today, with 
Eld, C. W, Gltt presiding. On account of inclement, weather 
not many were present. Three letters of membership were 
received and two were granted to young sisters who expect 
to leave soon for Mount Morris College. Church officers for 
1912 were chosen. — Edna Garst, Cabool, Mo., Jan. 1. 

Mound church met In council, Bro. Jesse D. Mohler. of 
Warronsburg. Mo., being with us. Ero. Oscar Wagner was 
advanced to the second degree of the ministry. A collection 
of about $S.75 was taken for Home Missions. The elders 
went to the home of Ero. William Wagner after council to 
anoint him. — Bettle Enos, Adrian. Mo.. Jan. 1. 

Oak Qrovo. — We met in council Dec. 23. Eld. A, Killings- 
worth presided. Bro. A. Rodabaugh gave a brief talk on 
1 Thess, 5, Several new officers were elected. A committee 
was appointed for the missionary educational work as fol- 
lows: Sisters Leota, KllUngsworth, Delia Mosser and the 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 


wviter. Steps were taken to repair our 
school and Christian ■Woi-kers' Meeting 
letter was granteil. — Maud Tracey. R. D. 

G-lasstou.' — We liad 
collection of about S7 
we had Installation s 
and teachei 

hurch. Our Sunday- 
re progressing. One 
. Collins. Mo.. Jan. 3, 


Thanksgiving service and sent our 
1 Bethany Bible School. Last Sunday 
rvices for our Sunday-school ofUcers 
ix months of this year. At our 

Piu. Jon 


Sunday-school otlicers 
as superintendent,— J, L. 

ivoro elected, wltlv 
Myers, Logauvllle. 


li.'tlers of membership were granted and 
Alva Long, Big Timber, Mont, Jan. 2. 

Jimiata church met in council Dec. 2S. Our elder. C. P. 
Hargleroad. presided. Since our last report one letter was 
granted, and one sister and one brother were received by 
fellowship. Sister Mollie Kindig, Sister Belle Lemon and 
Bro. C. E. T.^mon were elected as our mldsionary committee. 
.\s our elder wislied to be relieved from his work at this 
place. Eld, Peter Grabill was chosen to take charge of our 
chui-ch for the coming year. Ko preventing Providence we 
expect Eld, A, D, Sollenberger to begin our series of meet- 
ings Jan. C.^Mary Liveringliouse. Juiiiata, Nebr., Jan. 2. 

BrumbaufTh church met in council l>ec. 23. Two letters of 
bership were received. Our Sunday-school was reorgan- 

ivere received 
ized, with tlTe writer as si 
day we met in a special 
interesting talks and ferv 
of foreign and homi 

nt of the 

intendent. On New Year's Si 
nissionary prayer meeting. Many 
nt prayers were offered in behalf 
vork. as well as for the ad- 

van c err 

N, Dak., Jan. 1. 

Keumare. — 'We i 
Forney, presided, 
for tlie various ill 

irk at tills place. — Mary Deal, Brumbaugh, 

net in council Dec. 30. Our elder, Bro. J. C. 
Mucli business was disposed of. Officers 

les of work were appointed for the coming 
year, with Bro. J. Harp as elder: Bro. J. Schwartz, clerk; 
Bro. Bog. treasurer and Sunday-school superintendent: Sister 
Ruth Dollahan. secretary; Sister Edith DoUahan. chorister; 
Bro. Schwartz, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting. 
The last named services are closed for three months, on ac- 
count of the unpleasant weather. Brethren L. Hyde, Boe and 
Schwartz were chosen as a Temperance Committee; Bro. R. 
Harris as Messenger agent; Sister J. Harris as correspondent. 
— G. I. Michael, R. D. 3. Kenmare. N. Dak., Dec, 30. 

Black Swamp church met in council Dec, 30, our elder, 
Jacob Kiser. presiding. One letter has been received since 
our last writing. We reorganized our Sunday-school with 
tlie writer as superintendent, The Sunday following, Bro 
George Garner delivered an interesting sermon. — Edith 
Baker, Lemoyne. Ohio, Dec. 31. 

Covlngi^on. — "V\''e appreciated our revival meetings, held in 
tlie Covington church through the years that are past They 
were helpful and we could not get along without them, but 
we have often prayed for a revival that would last the year 
round, and we do feel that we have had one in the year 1911, 
We often hear our members say. "We have a revival each 
Sunday." and so it seems, when there are souls ready to join 
in with us almost every service and when the congregation 
is steadily increasing in numbers, while the interest is in- 
tense. This year our Sunday-school had a giving Christmas. 
On Friday evening tlie school met and reported. Some classes - 
gave as much as §25. One class of girls, taught by Sister 
Llbble Rencli, gave eighteen books, and seventeen dolls, all 
nicely dressed, to be given to poor children. All the classes 
entered into the spirit of giving, and potatoes, flour, meat, 
canned goods, and groceries, were -ready for those who liad 
need. It was inspiring. A fine Christmas program was given 
on Sunday morning by the junior department of our Sunday- 
school. Twelve have been baptized since our last report.— 
Elizabeth D. Rosenberger, Covington, Ohio. Jan. 6. 

Eag'le Creek church met in council Dec. 30. Our elder, Bro. 
B. F. Snyder, presided. Bro. J. J. Anglemyer was chosen as 
our pastor for another year: Bro. C. C. Trackler, church treas- 
urer; Bro. H, D. Bame, clerk; Bro. Eleazer Bosserman. Mes- 
senger agent; Bro. Wm. Tombaugh, trustee; the writer, cor- 
respondent and superintendent of the Sunday-schooi. We de- 
cided to place a baptistry into the church, anJ also call for 
the District Sunday-school, and Ministerial Meeting for 1912. 
We reorganized our Sunday-school today, with Sister Amanda 
Anglemyer as superintendent of the home department. Last 
Friday evening about seventy-five members gathered at the 
home of our pastor, Bro. J. J. Anglemyer and gave him a 
pleasant surprise. A donation of ?B4 was given him In corn, 
money, provisions, etc. — Hattie Bame, Williamstown, Ohio, 
Dec. 31. 

rraakford.— Dec. 30 Eld. Jonas Horning and the writer were 
called to assist the members of this church (colored) in 
council and love feast. At this council Sister Mattie Cun- 
ningliam Dolby, of Wilberforoe, Ohio, was installed into the 
ministry, that she might do more effective work among her 
own people. — Sylvan Bookwalter. New Paris. Ohio. Jan. 4. 

IVIamuee church met in council Dec. 30, with our elder, 
Bro. G, W. Sellers, presiding, Bro. Sellers requested to be 
relieved of his work at this, place, as he expects to go West. 
Bro, John Fiory was chosen as our elder for one year. — John 
Sponseller, Sherwood, Ohio, Dec. 30. 

KLOliicaai, — Dec. 24 we closed a short series of meetings, 
conducted by Bro. J. J. Anglemyer, of Williamstown, Ohio. 
He preached twelve much appreciated sermons. Although the 
weather was very unfavorable and the roads bad, there was 
a good attendance eacli evening, and good attention was 
given. There were no accessions, but the members were 
strengthened. We hope that the good seed has fallen in fer- 
tile soil that the fruits may be seen in the future, Bro,' Ed. 
Desenberg. of Ashland, Ohio, conducted the song service. — 
Lena Leaman, R. D. 5, West Salem, Ohio, Dec. 29. 

Stralgrlit Creek Valley.— -On Thanksgiving Day we had serv- 
ices at the church at 10 A. M. We also organized our Chris- 
tian Workers' Meeting on that day, by electing Bro. J, E, 
Overholser as president; Sister Zora M. Setty, secretary. By 
Invitation, our pastor, while on his way to Marble Furnace, 
for a Thanksgiving sermon at 7 P. M„ preached a Thanks- 
giving discourse for the M, E. people at Conway Chapel at 
- P, M. Our Sunday-school sent an offering of $2 for the 
support of the State District Sunday-school Institute, held 
recently at Bradford. Ohio. On Christmas Eve we had a ser- 
mon on Luke 2: 7, which was preceded by a Christmas pro- 
gram, prepared and rendered by the Christian Workers. We 
have organized a cottage prayer meeting, in addition to our 
other work. Our services are all well attended, and a .good 
interest is manifested. We start out in the New Tear with 
bright prospects before us, " for the people have a mind to 
work," and God's promises are sure, — Senith H. Setty, Sink- 
ing Spring. Ohio, Jan. 4, 

^ Chiques congregation closed a series of meetings Dec. 21. 
K. Ober preached for us. Nine confessed their wfll- 
to follow Christ.— all Sunday-school boys and girls. 
»Z^ ,'"^«'^'"Ss wer,; well attended, considering the weather 
and bad roads.— Henry S. Zug. Mount Hope. Pa., Jan 1 
nrT^iT"^^ ^''"'■'^" ""^"^ *" council Jan. 1. Eld. D. Y. Erillhart 
Ri! , -^^ °"^ certificate was granted. Eld. E. S. Miller, of 
^lack Rock, and Eld. Daniel Bowser, of York, were with us 
vnt^H ,.^ ^°'" ^""^ (beacons was held. Two of the brethren 

Th« V°u ^'^^^ °- "^' ^^ *^^ church decided to accept the three. 
uV^, :?f ^^^ advanced to the second degree of the 
■sirj. All were duly installed except two 


wives, who were 

lOt present. Bro. S, 

of the deacons" 
K. Hartman was 

.,,1 ,, . P^'-sons received gifts for attondhig Sunday- 

school every Sunday during the year.— Anna Swlgnrt. G611 
Germantown Avenue. Philadelphia, Pa., Jan 1. 

liffonler.— Bro. J. W, Sanner was reelected leader of the 
prayer meeting, with Brethren John and W. E. Wolford as 

thf rhH% ""w' ^'""^"' ■^°>^°'-'' ""^-^ <'»^<^^«'l pres S o? 
the Christian Workers' Meeting; Bro. Llovd Penrod, superin- 
tendent of the Sunday-schooi. with Bro. Arthur Wolford 
assistant. At the end of three months Bro. Arthur Wolford 
Th I hL ',1^^""^'""''" ■ ''"^ ^ "^^ assistant will be elected. 
it works well. During the year 1911 six united with the 
church from the Sunday-school, and six moved InToothe? 
congregations. We have a number of young folks In ho 
church and we try to keep them busy, so that when they 
leave the home church they will be ready for work olse^ 
where.— Clare Wolford, Ligonler, Pa.. Jan l 

Lost Creek church met In council Jan, 1. Bro. J A Smith 
presided. Very little business came before the Meeting, The 
following brethren were appointed as solicitors for the coming 
year: Bro^ C. Pelman. for Richfield; Bro. John Showers for 
Oriental: Bro, John Auker. for Freesprlngs; the writer' for 
the Cross Road house. Bro. D. A. Poust, of WankMn County 
Pa began a series of meetings at the Richfield house Dec 9 
whlvV,! until Dec, 22. He preiiched sixteen sermons." in 

which he gave us the Gospel in all its purity. There were no 

The^members were strengthened and encouraged,— J. B, Frev. 
R. D. 2, Box SO, MifRintown, Pa,, Jan, 2. 

MeyeradaJe.— We held a very pleasant council Jan. 1 Eld 
D. H. Walker presided. Quite an amount of business was dis- 
posed of. The reports of the Sunday-school and other de- 
partments of tlie church were read and accepted. Bro. Wil- 
liam S. Miller was reappointed as clerk; Sister Ellen M Pike 
was i-eappolnted corresponding secretary; Bro. D H Walker 
was reelected as our elder. An offering of S69G was given 
at the council. Our pastor, Bro. D. K. Clapper, preached for 
us morning and evening Dec. 31, and will also preach for us 
Jan. 7.— Ellen M. Fike, Meyersdale, Pa., Jan. 2, 

Spring- Creek.— Thirty-three were baptized during 19U in 
our congregation. The oldest was eighty-six years, and the 
youngest ten years of age. We are looking forw.,rd for still 
greater achievements in 1912. Ail departments of church 
- work are in a fine condition. Our new church at Bachman- 
vlile w... soon be dedicated. It is a fine building. The Min- 
isterial Meeting of Eastern Pennsylvania will be hold at 
Spring Creek in November. 1912, Many of us expect to attend 
the Annual Meeting, and we Invite ministers who can do so 
to pay. our congregation a visit after the Annual Meeting- 
Edgar M. Hoffer. Ellzabethtown, Pn., Jan. 1. 

SprifigTTille — Eld, Jacob Pfautz commenced a series of meist- 
ings at the Cocalico house Nov, 28, On Thanksgiving Day we 
had services at Springville in the afternoon. Our aeries of 
meetings closed Dec. 7. The meetings were well attended, 
Dec. 10 Bro. J. H. Argabright, of J?alrview, Mo., commenced a 
series of meetings in the town of Lincoln. The meetings were 
well attended. Eight united with the kingdom of Christ The 
meetings closed Dec, 23. Dec. 31 the eight converts were bap- 
tized at Springville. Jan. 1 our council was held at Spring- 
ville. Our elder, Bro. John Schlosser, presided, assisted by 
Eld, John Herr. Bro. A. H. Royer was elected Sunday-school 
-superintendent. Several collections were taken, — Aaron Glb- 
toel, R. D. 2, Ephrata. Pa,, Jan. 2. 

Summit MillB^— Dec. 24 the Sunday-school at this place 
rendered a Christmas program to a large and attentive audi- 
ence. The program was carefully selected and proved to bo 
interesting to all. Dec. 31 our Sunday-school was reorgan- 
ized for the year 1912, with Sister Ida Saylor and Bro. D, 
S. Gnagey, superintendents; Bro. Quinter Gnagey. secretary. 
Much faithful work was done in our Sunday-school during 
the past year, which, we hope, will bring In a rich harvest 
In time to come. May 1912 be a prosperous year for the 
entire Brotherhood. — Olive M. Saylor, Meyersdale, Pa., Jan, 1. 
Uiiiontown. — This church met in council on Monday night, 
Jan. 1, The Georges Creek congregation has two church- 
houses, — •' Fairvlew " and " Uniontown." situated twelve miles 
apart. From the first of the year each part will decide upon 
and pay Its own expenses, and attend to i'.s own local affairs. 
The congregation is not divided, except In the financial mat- 
ters. There was a debt resting on the church, and this was 
equally divided between the two places. This part of the 
congregation raised its share on Monday night. We also 
adopted the systematic plan of giving, daily or weekly, and 
have a business meeting every month to settle up our busi- 
ness affairs, instead of every three months. Wo feel that 
the continual giving Is wliat counts. Eld. Jasper Barnthouse 
was chosen eider of the congregation, and pastor for the 
Uniontown division. Brethren H. H. Glover and D. P. Lepley 
are our Sunday-school superintendents for' this year. Sister 
Emma Lepley is home department and cradle roll superin- 
tendent, Bro. D. F, Lepley Is president of our Christian 
Workers. The writer was elected correspondent. Our free- 
will offering was 517.25. We all feel like doing more and 
better work for Jesus this year than we did in the past- 
Mary C. Barnthouse, 8 W. Craig Street, Uniontown. Pa„ Jan. 4. 
West Conestog-a church held two series of meetings, one 
in November in the Lexington house, where Bro. Henry Hoi- 
Ilnger labored with us. While there are no visible results, we 
believe good work lias been done. In December Brother 
Hiram Kaylor. of Rheems, labored with us for two weeks. 
As a result of these meetings three have manifested a willing- 
ness to folloiv the Master.— Henry E. Nles, Lltltz, Pa., Jan. I. 

Hawthorne. — Dec. 17 Bro. A. M. Laughrun began a aeries 
of meetings at this place. Great interest was manifested 
from the beginning, regardless of the very rainy weather dur- 
ing most of the time. Dec. 26 Bro. Jesse Clark came to asnlst 
In the meetings and they continued till Jan, 1. We had 
thirty-One Spfrlt-filled sermons. It was a glorious revival. 
The members were greatly strengthened and all labored to- 
gether for a closer fellowship with God, and for the con- 
version of the unsaved. There were many remarkable an- 
swers to the prayer of God's children. The consecration serv- 
ices, each evening, were very impressive and brought rich 
spiritual blesislng.'i. As the immediate visible results of the 
meetings, nineteen were received into the church by the holy 
rite of baptism. Three were reclaimed and three applicants 
await baptism. We believe that others were greatly Im- 
pressed. We are glad for the good that the Holy Spirit has 
accomplished through the earnest labors of Brethren 
Laughrun and Clark. Two have been baptized at Knob Creek 

D. 5, Johnson City, 

Georffea Creek.— Our church met in council Deo. 30 with 
Elder Jasper Barnthouse presiding. Five letters were grJua 
f^H ^"""'°"^« ^^«« <=hosen elder for another year; Iro IV^ 
fred Johnson, secretary; Bro. David Johnson, treasurer It 
was decided, at this time, that each churchhouse in this 
congregation bear Its own expense. Bro, Joseph Cover is our 
i G Cov'.'^^'■f ^"% ^""^ ""■ ^'^^■"--"'^ '- our treasurer; Bro 
:.'^ .,,.=, ""'" Sunday-school superintendent; the writer. 
president of the Christian Workers" Meeting and correspond- 
ing secretary.— Playford Helmlck, R. D. 16. Box 22. Mason- 
town. Pa.. Dec, 30, luuson 

Oermaiitowii.— On Sunday evening, Dec. 24. at the close of 
Xi,r'ir^f" " "'^'"1 '■'^<^*^'^^®'l '"to the church by baptism. 
Eight of these were boys from ono Sunday-school class On 
luesday evening. Dec. 2C, the Sunday-school gave a Christ- 
mas program, which was interesting and well attended. 

Since my liist report.— Angle Clavk. 
ionn.. Jan, 2. 

Mou»t«ln vaUoy._B™. H. B. Prltchett. of Knob Croek, 
o,Z,:, '■""""'"!"'<'\ '>y I'ls nifc. cam. to our church and 
ITXl '"" °' "'"""63 Dec. 16. Ho preached oluhteon 

soul-clecrns sermons. The mo«tlnB. closed Dec. 30. Twelve 
wore baptized, three reclaimed and three await the rite. 
n,„^ir,.?°,"„'° '" ,"">■ ''°" "'" Xlxsa™- Good interest was 
™ , ; f ""■""SI'"'" 1"° meetlnss, ana the spiritual food 
received has greatly atrensthened us.— w. H. Wine R D i 
Baileytown. Tenn., Jan. 2, 

Brldffewater Our 


Jar. i" n,,,. ..J Vo"""??""^""" '"" '" mamuers' meatlns 
Jan 1, Our older. Bro, H, Q. Miller, waa moderator. Much 
e'mu^? "n°f P'«»S'";"y ,>Usposed of. Two cortllloates were 
„,,; .,. i; ., ' ^- '^'"'^ S"'" "» " •"•'»'■ hirory ot the 

am on ■••SL"?' "'": °;"' ^'"^ E°">""»' Lonit gave a short 
!,.;„,. .° ^"si'»=ts '"'■ tho Now Year." We had a num- 

^^1,,/ "'!""%"""" 'llntorent committees, which wore encour- 
w, I. ^°. '-''>■"'.»"'> Movement made a favorable report. 
Wo cvpect to continue to rojse our funds In this way. Ten 

Ida Fry, Brldgewator. Va., Jan. 3 

n'S' T„ w"",o' '.""eregatlon met In council Dec. 30. Brethren 
p, H, and I. N. Zlglor, of tho Llnvlllo Croeli church, and Bro 
tVugusta County, were with us. Eld, J. A. 
««n„,. ?^'''^ ''^"^ uiootliie. Much business came before 
,.„.„™i??. ^ """ .""'^ pleasantly disposed of. Several 

oomml tecs woro appointed for special work. A committee 
lir "" I"" ""'"■'""S hrethren as Sunday-school supo ■ n- 
tendents for our live ohurohhousos: D. K Miller Green 

J Sri Shl7i;ev""M?'.j;"'° ?;"'»• ^- 1^. Wamplir Mefrose" 
J. Hail Shlrkey, Mt. ZIon; D. B. Qarber, Falrvloi Corre^ 

>, Box liB. Harrisonburg. Va., 


Garber presided 


-U Katio Ritchie, 

Mt. Hope church mot In council Deo. 30, 1911 our elder 
Bro. Amos B. Peters, presiding. We aollcUed oniugh funds' 
now inoetlnghouso, to oomploto a neat house of 
120. Wo roorganlzod with Bro. Amos Peters, older- 
SHtor B„,„, ^'''"'.«''. fo'omMil SIstor Alice strooler. clerk! 
Slater Boryl strooter, treasurer; Slater Ruby Motonlf, choris- 
ter. Tho writer was appointed na MesscnBcr corfcspomlml 
Our Sunday-school was reorganized Dee. 31 Tho old on cors 
wcro all rotalnod. Bro. J. U. G. Stlvorson, of Tacoma earjo 
o us Doc. 23, hoslnnlng a series or meetings. AsTrcsuT 
thus far. ono has been r.stored and two dear young people 
i' or ono of these we have boon praying for a 
and wo arc oxpocllng more to come. Slneo nu,- 

Bro. J. o 

await baptist 


on Pago 32.) 


•• \Vr 

1l' what IliULi SL-tst, ;uL 

S^,i.\ it uiUu 1U<' 

The Santa Fc cliurcli, at uiic time, was stmng. autivc 
widc-awakc and far-reacliing in its iiillucnce. It Jiicludcj 
almost eight counties of Southweslu-ii Kansas. There 
wci-e about a half dozen preaching points in lliis large 
territory at one time, traversed by Brethren Geo. Slude- 
baker, Harris and Wyatt. Bro. Studebakcr, especially 
traveled over its broad prairies in his own conveyance 
and did much for the cause of Christ. The Brethren who 
resided in this homestead country thought it no great 
undertaking la get up eaiiy, on Sunday mornings, to 
drive twenty-five or thirty-five miles to Sunday-school at 
ten d'clock, to attend preaching service at eleven, and 
then to slay for the evening meeting. They felt greatly 
lilcsscd of the Lord for this Sunday trip. 

But now only a few of the many are here. Some have 
passed over the river of death to their reward. Some 
have moved to other States. This prosperous country is 
now very thinly settled, because of the failure of crops 
and the distance from ibc railroad. It is owned now by 
speculators, cattle men, and a few homesteaders. 

As our health failed and our daughter, Nellie (Wolf) 
Hylton, is living here in Grant County, we came here 
Oct. 1 for the improvement of our health. Eld. J. E. 
Crist has had the oversight of this church for several 
years. As he is living so far from the church, he has 
asked to be relieved as their elder, and bis request was 
granted. We were given the oversight of the church. 
VVc attended their love feast Oct. 7, and held a ten days' 
series of meetings. There were no immediate visible re- 
sults, but the attendance and interest were good. Since 
then we have been giving them monthly meetings. The 
Brethren's doctrine and principles are highly respected 
here, and throughout all its territory. 

After taking charge of the church wc determined to 
canvass the territory, to see how many members there 
arc. Dec. 6, with Bro. P. B. Forney, one of our faithful 
deacons, wc started on our trip of sixteen days. Wc vis- 
ited every member we could find, paying the usual visits 
and preaching as opportunity presented itself. The first 
day's journey of thirty-three miles brought us to the 
home of Sister Susan Mosgrove, near Woodsdale. Here 
wc iefl an appointment for preaching over Sunday at the 
Harmony schoolhouse. From here we telephoned to 
Bro. Isaac Sauls, at Dermot, to arrange for preacliing 
on Thursday and Friday evenings. We had a good at- 
tendance both evenings. Some of the people came a dis- 
tance of eight miles. Here, three faithful members are 

On Saturday we returned to SistCD Mosgrove's home, 
and had preaching on Sunday morning and evening. We 
had good, attentive congregations. Here the Brethren 
once had a strong hold, but now only five members live 
in this community. There is a good opening here for the 
Brethren. Space will not permit us to name each individ- 
ual member and place visited. 

From here we went on to our southeastern trip to Lib- 
eral and visited some other families and members en 
route. Especially do we mention the two daughters of 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 

Bro. Shively, Mrs. Gill and Sister Kelley, of the Monitor 
church, Kans. 

Three miles northeast of Liberal we stayed all night 
with Sister Allie McCoid and her devout family, and the 
next day resumed our journey to Arkelon. Kismet and 
Plains At the latter place we have five members. Here 
wc preached one evening in the Baptist church and had a 
good hearing, considering the bad weather. Here one of 
our deacon brethren and his wife are living. On account 
of Sister Stockmyer being ill, they did not get out to 
church. Our aged Brother and Sister Taylor are quite 
active and faithful. r- t -en 

From here we went twenty miles to Bro. C. 1. iiusaes- 
ser's and preached at their schoolhouse on Sunday at 
11 A M., to a large audience. The people begged us to 
remain and give them more meetings. The next day 
there was a very heavy fog, in which about noon we lost 
our way, hut continued in our search for a house until we 
came to a farmhouse, where we were directed to Bro 
Daniel Wise's place. He is the eldest son of our beloved 
elder, Bro. John Wise, the brother to whom we were 

On we went, after getting our horse fed, and eatmg our 
dinner at Sister Lohmiller's home. Here we were caught 
in a heavy snowstorm. After being detained for two 
nights and a day, we started for Bro. Forney's home, 
fourteen miles in the distance. The snow being about 
eighteen inches deep, and having only one horse to our 
huggy. we made slow progress. We decided to get an 
additional horse for the remaining nine miles to our des- 
tination, where we arrived at one o'clock the next day. 

We have now been here for five days. We are twenty- 
two miles from home, but can not return because of the 
deepness of the snow. We traveled in all about 275 miles, 
had six preaching services and thirty-three prayer serv- 
ices. We found a membership of thirty-three, living from 
four to fifty miles from the church. We were gladly re- 
ceived and well cared for, and warm invitations were giv- 
en us to come again and stay longer. 

Brethren, we need not be ashamed of the Gospel of Je- 
sus Christ, nor the principles for which the Church of the 
Brethren stands. The world and the churches of all de- 
nominations respect us in our profession, if we stand for 
its principles, Some of our ministers, I am sorry to say, 
are sacrificing principles for the sake of getting numbers 
into the church, and do not contend for the doctrine once 
delivered unto the saints by Jesus Christ. 

Dear brethren in the ministry, for Christ and the Gos- 
pel, and the sake of perishing souls, be faithful to the ob- 
ligation you assumed when you came into the church, and 
when you accepted your office into the ministry! Teach 
the whole Gospel and all that the church stands for. 

This has been a trip of great rejoicing, because we 
were impressed by the evident faithfulness of the isolat- 
ed members. ■ Most of them have not heard a sermon 
by the Brethren for from three to five years, and yet 
they are cheerful and have great hopes for the future. 
We. in our physical weakness, shall try to do what wc 
can. while here, to advance the kingdom of Christ in the 
hearts of the children of men. C. E. Wolf, 

R. D. 1. New Ulysses, Kans. 

Oherlin is a place that needs a good man, and I am 
confident that by proper efforts there could be a good 
work done. Three were baptized at our recent meetings, 
and others are seriously considering the matter of their 
salvation. The meetings closed with a love feast on 
Thursday evening, Dec. 21. Thirteen were at the Lord's 

Write to John Blickenstaff, Oberlin, Kans., for further 
information. May God bless the work and workers! 

Grinnell. Kans.. Dec. 25. Geo. R. Filer. 


We recently enjoyed a splendid revival, conducted by 
Eld. D. A. Crist, of Quinter, Kans., for two weeks. Bro. 
Crist held forth the Word with power, followed by a few 
good. Spirit-filled and instructive sermons by Bro. J. W. 
Jarboe, of Quinter, Kans. Two were baptized, the mem- 
bers built up, and the community has a better knowledge 
of the Bible. 

Dec. 3 the writer started a series of meetings, four 
miles southwest of Oberlin, Kans., where a small group 
of members is living, and where the Brethren had never 
preached before. The attendance and interest were ex- 
cellent from the very start. The doctrine of the New 
Testament, as understood and practiced by the Brethren, 
was new to them. For a preacher to denounce jewelry, 
costly raiment, and to maintain trine immersion, feet- 
washing, the Lord's supper, etc., was a strange thing for 
them, even to some who had been Christian professors 
for twenty years. They read and studied the Bible as 
they never did before. 

This is one of hundreds of places where the people are 
greatly in need of the pure and unadulterated Word of 
God. Preacher, what will your answer be when you come 
face to face with God? You live where there are from 
two to twelve other ministers, you hear others preach 
more than you preach yourself, and you are financially 
able. Remember, the Lord has made you a watchman. 
and has said to you, "Go and preach." Are you doing it? 
Every one, both preacher and laynicmber, who prays the 
Lord to send laborers into the vineyard, should be zeal- 
ous in the work of gospel promulgation. Are we free 
from the blood of all men? See Ezek. 33: 6. Bestir your- 
selves! Behold the fields are ready to harvest, and the 
cry is, "Come and help us to the light!" 

Districts, churches, Christian Workers' Societies, Sun- 
day-schools, you have your representatives on the for- 
eign field. I would not ask you to stop sending men to 
the foreign field. That is a good work and it is to be 
commended, but why not have your strong men out in 
these neglected fields here at home? 


The writer was recently called to the above congrcga- 
lion, to assist in a series of meetings. During his so- 
journ he was brought in touch with valuable items of his- 
tory, which are doubtless of interest to the Brotherhood 
at large. The information was given me by a few of its 
ablest members, principally Eld. P. M. Correll and wife. 

From 1840 to 1860 the following families moved from 
Virginia to this beautiful valley, the so-called " Mountain 
Valley," because of its being in close proximity to "Boys' 
Mountain." The Valley is perhaps twenty-five miles in 
width, and hardly surpassed by any other section m the 
Stale, in point of situation and beauty of scenery. 

In the early forties the families of Adam Waltonbarger 
and his brother settled here. In about 1848 Bro. Henry 
Brubaker came. In 1855 Bro, A. J. Correll, father of Eld. 
P. M. Correll, made his home in the Valley. 

Between the years 1855 and 1859 an organization was 
effected, with a membership of sixteen. Brethren Henry 
Brubaker and A. J. Correll were the ministers, and Breth- 
ren Daniel Miller, Joel Waltonbarger and Peter Bru- 
baker, served as deacons. 

In 1859 a house of worship was constructed, which 
served its purpose until 1907, when a more commodious 
and much larger church took its place. 

The old church was dedicated on the first Sunday in 
May, 1860, by Elders John Nead and Daniel Derrick. 
The dedicatory sermon was combined with the funeral 
service of- Eld. P. M. Correll's mother. 

Since the organization of the church to the present, the 
line of elders in charge was as follows: Henry Brubaker, 
A. J. Correll. John Brubaker (who died in 1900), and P. 
.M. Correll, who is the elder in charge at present. 

The following is a list of Mountain Valley ministers 
who, by emigration, were lost to the local church: Archi- 
bald Thompson, Jonathan Brubaker, Joseph Brubaker, 
Henry Brubaker and Isaac Billhimer. Scores of the laity 
also emigrated to other sections. . This organization, like 
all other churches of Tennessee, has greatly suffered by 
emigration, but, in spite of its isolation from the other 
Tennessee churches, and many other difficulties and ob- 
stacles, it has stood well the never-ceasing emigration, 
wiiich has gone out from her organization, to help to or- 
ganize churches on the plains of the Far West. 

At present the organization numbers about ninety 
members, with three ministers. Bro. P. M. Correll is the 
elder in charge. Brethren S. D. Garber and S. A. Gaby 
are ministers in the second degree. There are .five dea- 
cons. Three regular preaching points are sustained. A 
live Sunday-school and a Christian Workers' Meeting 
show the activity of the members. 

While visiting in the home of Sisters Julia and Bar- 
bara Wine, we found an old German Bible that once be- 
longed to their grandfather, Henry Brubaker. This an- 
cient volume dates back to 1765. In size the book is lOj^ 
x]5(-< inches and seven inches thick. It was owned by 
Nancy Sensebaugh in 1765. R. B. Pritchett. 

Johnson City, Tenn,. Dec. 30. 

Harshbarg-er-W alter. — By Lhe undersigned, Dec. 20, 1911, 
at the home of the bride's parents, Brother and Sister C. W. 
Walker, Bro. John I-L Harsh bar&er and Sister Lillian E. 
Walker, all of Liberty, 111. — H. E. Plttman, Loralne, 111. 

Koontz-CUne. — By the undersigned, at the home of tlie 
bride's parents, near New Hope, Va-, Dec. 24. 1911. Bro. Kanny 
Koontz and Sister VIrtie Cline.— E. B. Garber, Waynesboro, 

Mohler-Crosswlilte By the undersigned, In th« BVethren's 

church. Flora, Ind.. Dec. 21, 1911. Bro. Hepbsrt W. Mohler, 
of Cerro Gordo, 111., and Sister Estella L. Crosswhlte, daugh- 
ter of Elder and Sister A. G. Crosswhlte, of Flora. Ind. — 
Otlio Winger, North Manchester, Ind. 

Kichwlne-Hawbecker. — By the writer, at the home of the 
bride's parents, west of Franklin Grove. 111., Dec. 26, 1911. Bro. 
Ralph E. Richwlne and Sister Stella B. Hawbecker. — E. J. 
Knouse, Franklin Grove, 111. 

Smith-Glllett. — By the under.slgned, at the home of the 
bride's son. Lee Glllett. near Covert. Kans.. Dec. 21, 1911, Mr. 
Hiram Smith and Mrs. Lettie Glllett, both of Osborne County. 
— iByron Talhelm. Waldo, Kans. 

Sonle-Snavely. — At the home of Mr. Henry S. Hostetler, 
No. 751 Newton Place. N. W.. Dec. 24. 1911, by the writer, 
Bro. Asa L. Soule and Sister Laura M, Snavely. all of Wash- 
ington, D. C. — A. Chambers, 010 N. C. Avenue, S. E.. Washing- 
ton. D. C. 

StepHenson-OsJjom. — At the home of the bride's son, 322.'i 
Woodland Avenue. Kansas City, Mo., by the writer. Dec. 14. 
1911. Lorenzo D. Stephenson and Emily A. Osborn, both of 
Holton. Kans. — I. H. Crist, Kansas City, Kans. 

Stttton-'Wakefleia, — At the home of the bride's parents, N. 
Yakima, Wash., by the undersigned [date not given by writer], 
Noah Sutton and Fdna V. Wakefield. — J. HoHinger, N. Yakima, 

This is to certify that Eld. A. C. Daggett and the writ- 
er, while in Denver, Colo., audited the books of Bro. H. 
F. Caylor. secretary-treasurer of the " Denver Church 
Building Committee," and found them correct. On the 
following day, Dec. 21, 1911, at a council meeting of the 
Denver church, Bro. Caylor submitted liis final report, 
which was unanimously accepted. He was then hon- 
orably released, and given a vote of thanks for his faith- 
ful service. T. E. George- 
Burr Oak, Kans., Dec. 28. 


" What therefore God hath Joined together, let not n 

Mmrlage notieoa shonld be ac com pan led by 60 ct 

BosasTt-Metzger. — At their roonns in Elgin. 111., Dec. 22, 
I'Jll. by the writer, Bro. Benjamin H. Bossert and Sister 
Mabelle L. Metzger, daughter of John E. Metzger, RosaviUe, 
Ind.— J. H. B. Williams. Elgin, 111. 

Collins -Harris. — Bv the writer, at the home of the bride's 
parents, Franklin Grove, 111.. Dec. 24, 1911, Mr. Chas. C. 
Collins and Sister Vlrgilla G, Harris. — E. J. Knouse, Franklin 
Grove, 111. 

QlBh-MEurtlji. — Dec. 24, 1911, by the undersigned, at the 
home of the bride's parents. Brother and Sister S. W. Martin, 
Bro. Walter K. Gish. of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Sister Mazle 
Martin. Ephrata, Pa. — David Kllhefner. Ephrata, Pa. 

Eanis-Fitzg^rald. — By the undersigned, at the home of the 
'bride's parents. W. H. Fitzgerald's, Dec. 25, 1911. Eld. I. G. 
Harris and Sister Myrtle Fitzgerald, both residing in the 
bounds of the Murdock church. Kans. — James P. Harris. Mur- 
dock, Kane. 


"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord" 

Baiuugfirdner, Sister Elizabeth, nee Holilnger, born in Darke 
County, Ohio, Dec. 12, 18G0, died of consumption, very sud- 
denly, in Berthold. N. Dak., Dec. 16, 1911, aged 51 years and 
;j days. She was married to Bro. W. D. Baumgardner May 'Z4. 
190S. She Joined the Brethren church when young in years, 
and- lived a faithful Christian life ever since. She leaves a 
loving husband, an aged father, seven brothers and one sis- 
ter and four stepsons. She will be sadly missed in the home, 
tho church and the community. Bro. Baumgardner took her " 
back to New Madison, Ohio, and laid her by her mother in 
the West Branch cemetery. — Bessie Stong, Box 312, Berthold, 
N. Dak. 

Bellaman, Sarah A., daughter of Bro. Daniel and Sister Lizzie 
Bellaman, died in the bounds of the Midv.ay church, Dec. 14. 
1911, aged 18 years. 5 months and 24 days. Pleurisy was the 
cause of her early death. She is survived by her parents, two 
brothers and one sister. Services by Eld. Jno. Herr and the 
writer at the Midway house. Text, Job 16: 22 to 17: 1. Inter- 
ment in adjoining cemetery. — A. H. Brubaclier. R D. 7, 
Lebanon, Pa. 

Blackwell, Mrs. Edith, died of pneumonia, at her home 
near Parker Ford, Pa., Dec. IS, 1911, aged 74 years and 1 day. 
She united with the church May G, 1900, and lived a consistent 
Christian life. She passed away praising God. Services in 
the home by her pastor, the writer, and Brethren J. P. Hetric 
and Ira C. Holsopple. Text, Psa. 17: 15.— T. R, Coffman, 
Parker Ford, Pa. 

Buchanan, Sister Sarah Elizabeth, nee Pollock, wife of Bro. 
Samuel D. Buchanan, born in Junhata County, Pa,, Sept, 2(i, 
186], died in the bounds of the Aughwick congregation. Black 
Log Valley. Pa., Dec. 7, 1911, aged 60 years, 3 months and 
11 day.s. She was married to Bro. Buchanan in 1884, and 
united with the church in 1885, leading an upright life until 
death. To them were born five children. The youngest pre- 
ceded her to the spirit worJd Feb. 7. 1907, aged 4 years. She 
leavts her husband, three daughteis and one son; also seven 
brothers and one sister. Two daughters are members of the 
Church of tlie Brethren. Services in t!ie Black Log house by 
the writer. Text. John 14: 1-3. Interment in tlie cemetery 
near by.— S. A. Norris, R. D. 1, Shirleysburg, Pa. 

Curtis, Sister Nancy, nee Roderick, born in Westmoreland 
County, Pa., June 29. 1318, died in the bounds of the Bethel 
Center church, Blackford Co., Ind., Dec. 24, 1911, aged 93 years, 
G months and 5 days. She moved with her parents to Miarni 
County, Ohio, at tlie age of four years, where she resided 
until sjie was married to Dayton Curtis, March IS. 1S40, His 
death occurred in 1898. To this union were born ten children. 
They came to Indiana in 1817 and settled on the farm where 
she resided until her death. She leaves six chiidren. She 
united with the church in 1859, and lived a consistent Christian 
life. Services by Bro. A. C, Young, of Stockport, Ind. Text, 
1 John S: 1. Interment in the Roderick cemetery near her 
home. — Annie Rogers. R. D. 24, Matthews, Jnd. 

Darr, Sister Catharine, died at her late home, in the bounds 
of the Lower Cumberland congregation, on East Simpson 
Street, Mechanlcsburg, Pa,, Dec. 26, 1911, In her eighty-thirt} 
year. Services at her home by Bro. J. M. Mohler, of Mer 
chanicsburg. Pa. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Interment in the St. 
John cemetery near Sliiremanstown, Pa. — Clarence E. Long, 
Mt-chanlcsburg, Pa. 

Ditmer, Bro. Eli, born near Union, Montgomery Co., Oliio, 
April 19. 1829, died of paralysis, Nov. 13. 1911, near George- 
town. Ohio, aged S2 years, G months and 2S days. H« was the 
son of John and Susan Ditmer, who had a large family, only 
one of whom is living. He was united in marriage to Anna 
Swank. .Six daughters and three sons were born to them. 
He leaves two daughters and one .son. He was a member of 
the Church of the Brethren for a number of years. Services 
by Brethren S. A. Blessing and Jacob Brttmbaugh. — Mary 
Welsenbarger, R, D. 2, Laura, Ohio. 

Ely, Bro. George, born April 20, 1861, died at bis home in 
Caldwell County, Mo., Dec. 14, 1911. He united with the 
church in early life. March 30, 1SS2, he was married to 
Sarah Alice Coleman. Soon afterward they moved to Southern 
Missouri, and twelve years ago they moved to their home near 
Hamilton where he died. His wife preceded him In deatli four 
years. One son died last A.ugusl. Services at the Baptist 
cluirch in Hamilton by the writer, assisted by the Baptist 
pastor. Interment in the cemetery ut Hamilton, Mo. — M- E. 
Stair, Polo, Mo. 

nemlngf, Samuel, died at the State Hospital in Warristiurg, 
Pa., Dec. 22, 1911, where he had been an inmate for thirty- 
hve years, aged 73 years. 11 months and 29 days. One brother 
and one sister survive. Services and interment at Cocklin's 
church. Services by the writer, assisted by Bro. H. B. Mohler, 
of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Brethren Adam HoUinger and Jacob 
A, Miller. — Henry Beelman, Dillsburg, Pa, 

Garrett, Charley, died of consumption in the Woodland con- 
gregation, Mich., Nov. 15, 1911, aged 24 years. He united with 
the church a short time before, and called for the elders and 
was anointed. He leaves a young wife with three children, his 
parents, brothers and sisters. He died in the triumphs of 
faith. Services by the Brethren. Text, John 14: 1, 2. — j. j. 
England, Woodland, Mich. 

Handwerk, Sister Annie, nee Saylor, born March 23. 1863, 
died at her home near Meyersdale, Pa., Dec. 23, 1911, aged 
IS years and 9 months. She was stricken with paralysis 
about eight months ago. from which she never recovered. 
Sister Handwerk became a member of the Church of the 
Brethren in early womanhood, and remained loyal to the 
church until the end of life. She Is survived bj- her father, 
tvfQ brolliors and thrpe sisters. Her husband died about three 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER—January 13, 1912. 

en church at Summit Mill 
In the Lilchty cometery.- 

year.s ago. Services iii the Brotl: 
bv Bro. G. E. Yotler. Intermen 
Olive M. Saylor, Lineboro. Md. 

Helwtg-.— Howard R.. born In Carroll County. Md.. May 2-1 
1ST4. died at the home of his brother. C. E. Helwlg-, on George 
.Street. Weslmlnstei-. Md.. Dec. 21. 1911, aged 37 years. >. 
months and 27 days. Mr. Helwig was employed by Ihe West- 
ern Maryland Railway Company for a number of years. His 
death was due to tuberculosis. He leaves an aged father, Ero 
Geo. F. Helwig, one sister and one brother. His mother'. Sis- 
tei» Selene Helwig, preceded him about seven vears ' ago. 
Services in the Meadow Branch church by the writer, assisted 
by Elders Uriah Blxler and E. C. Brown. Interment In thr 
cemetery near by. — W. E. Roop. Westminster, Md 

Hofecker, Sister Mary Hofecker, wife of Matliias Hofeckcr 
died Nov. 23, 1011. of apoplexy, aged 57 years, 3 months and 
IC days. She lived near Quakertown. Pa„ with her family 
^ where they liad moved about three years ago from Bedford 
County. Pa. Her maiden name was Mary Cragger. She leave.s 
^i loving liusbantt. three daughters and one son. One son pre- 
cod.-a lier. Services at her late residence by our pastor. Bro 
Rcajn, and our elder. Bro. BenJ. Hottie. Text. Amos 4: 12 
Iiilerment in the Springfleid Brethren cemetery. Pa.— Daniel 
B. Booz. Quakertown, Pa. 

HuaBon, Sarah, nee Geiger, daughter of John and Ruth 
Geiger, born Oct. 9, 1S3.1, died Nov. 14, 1911. aged 78 year';, 
1 jrioiith and D days. She was married to Edwin Hudson 
Dec. S, 1850. To this union were born seven sons and one 
daughter. Two sons preceded her to tlia home beyond Her 
husband died July Ti, 1S97. She leave.s one brother, five 
Hons and one daughter. Services at the Camden Brethren 
church by Eld. "D. M. Byeriy.— Eva U Whitacrc, RBI 
Portland, Ind. 

Miller, Cora May. daughter of Emery and Laura Miller 
died of pneumonia, in the bounds oC the Huntington congre- 
gation. Ind.. Dec. 29. 1911, aged 15 years. 8 months and 3 
days. At the early age of thirteen she united wKh the Churcl) 
of tlie Bri'thn-n. and was indeed a very promising iielp to the 
I.^oi-d's work at this place. She leaves a fatlier and mother 
two sist-Ts and three brothers. Services by the writer; sub 
jeel, "Asleep in Jesus" (1 The*is. 4; 13-lS). — G. L Wine Hunt- 
ington. Ind. 

NorrlB, Bro. Carl W., born May 21, 1S96, in Kosciusko Coun- 
ty. Ind., died Dec. 23, 1911, in Marion. Ind.. aged 15 years 7 
months and 2 days. He united with tlic Church of the Breth- 
ren May 6. 19013. in Marshall County, Ind., and was baptized 
by Ero, S. R Henricks. He was thi. son of Brother and 
Sister J. W. and Hulda Norris of the West Marion churcli 
Funeral services at the home by Bro. j. L. Mahon. Thf 
remains were then taken to Sidney, Ind., where another serv 
ice was conducted by Bro. Otho Winger, of North Man- 
cliester. Interment at the Spring Creek cemetery.— J. A. Leek, 
ron. Jonesboro, Ind. 

Polsoa, Giles Sanford, son of friend David and Sister Eliza^ 
beth Poison, born at Wheeling, Iowa, died at Des Moines 
same State, Dec. IS, 1911. aged 39 years and 3 days. Hia 
wife, father, mother, one brotlier and one sister survive. A( 
the time of our recent evangelistic effort, conducted by Bro 
John Heckman, the deceased applied for baptism, just before 
being removed to Mercy Hospital, where he was operated upop 
for appendicitis. Septicemia set in and he went to his re- 
ward. Services by the writer. Text, John 11: 25. 2G. yir"i] 

C. Einnell, 1643 Lyon St., Des Moines, Iowa. " 

Sander, Bro. Jacob, son of John and Annie Sander, born in 
Wayne County, Ohio. July 2S, 1S3S, died of paralysis at the 
home of his daughter near Norman. Okla., Dec. 26. 1911, aged 
74 years, 4 months and 2S days. He was married twice. Hia 
lirst wife was Susanna Paulus. To this union were born two 
daughters. One of them died years ago, leaving a little babo 
which only lived eighteen months. His last wife was Rebecca 
King, who died about nineteen years ago. Two children 
were born to this union. One died in infancy. He leaves 
a son and a daughter; also three sisters. He was a menilwr 
of the church for many years. He lived a ciuiet. unassuming 
life and was respected by ail Interment in the cemetery neat 
Norman, Okla. — Mrs. M. E. Trout, Norman, Okla. 

SidexB, Sister Annie, died at the liome of Bro. Wm. G Scholl 
near Richfield, Pa., Dee. 29, 1911, aged 89 years, less 1 day' 
Deceased was a faithful member of the Church of the Breth- 
ren for many years. At her reque-^l she was anointed Sho 
lived alone-since the death of her sister, who died sixteen years 
ago. Interment in the Union cemetery at Richfield. Services in 

llie Bi-ethren church by Bro. Wni, Zimmerman and the writer 

P. G. Shelley, Riclifield, Pa. 

Sides, Mrs. Elizabeth M., born in Lancaster County, Pa 
Aug. 15, 18S7, died Dec. 7, 19ii, aged 24 years, 3 months and 
L- days. She leaves a husband and a little son. Services at 
Uie New Providence church by J. W. Myer and the writer, 
iext, Luke 12: 40,— H. B. Yoder, 343 Charlotte Street. Lan- 
caster, Pa. 

Simmons, Sister Polly, died of cancer, at her home in Haw- 
kins County, Tenn., Oct. 1, mil. aged about 86 years. Her 
sufCering was intense at times, but she bore it all with Chris- 
tian patience. She was a member of the Church of the Breth- 
ren for a number of years, holding her membership in the 
Cedar Grove congregation. Tenn, Slie was the last of the 
family. Services by Bro. W. S. Ledbetter. Interment in the 
lamily graveyard. — Barbara Simmons, R. D. 2, Box 37 Rogers- 
viUe, Tenn. 

Simmons, Paul, youngest son of Bro. Jesse and Sister Lucy 
Simmons, died Dec. 10, 1911. aged about 4 years. While bis 
parents were away from the house, little Paul undertook to 
start a fire in the stove. In some way his clothing caught 
»re, burning h|m so badly that he died the same evening 
He was an unusually bright child and will be greatly missed. 
s,^r.,... .. .w ;^y j5,^_ Secrist.-Caddie Wagner, 

Services at the home 
Olympia, Wash. 

Slnt, Bro. Gideon, born 
Wirtz. - 

n 1S55, died at his liome near 

vn V y.^- °^'^- ^*' "^^' °-S'^'^ ^^^ J'ears and four months. 
His death was caused by typhoid fever. His wife preceded 
mm m death a few years ago. He leaves a mother, two sis- 
^^s, four brothers and six children.— OUie Ikenberry, Wirtz, 

Stauffer, Bro. John P., died at his home in Parker Ford, 
t-D... Dec. y, 1911. aged 85 years and 5 months. Bro. StaufCer 
^^as a member of the churcli for a number of years. His wife 
died about mne years ago. Services in the Mennonile church 
1. oi^.,y"i'^''' assisted by Eld. J. P. Hetrlc. Text. Philpp. 
i- ^l.~l. R. CofEman, Parker Ford, Pa 

boriT^^n' i^""**- ^^''*''*^' '^°" °^ ■'^•^"^ ^"^l ^^^""^ Swinger. 
.^^ " i~°^''"'' county, Ohio, Oct. 30, 1SC4, died Dec. 19, 1911 
agca 4, yc-ars, l month and 19 days. He came with his par- 
tn a^Lh^'TV^^ ^'■^"■''^ '" -^^S'-st. 1SC5. He was married 
twrT^ . ^- ^'^'"^ ^'"'' "' ^S90. To this union were born 
Lwo laughters and one son. His wife and children survive. 
unltei'.Jur'M'^ f^^"^""' ^'''° '>'-o"'ers and throe sisters. He 
ano m^, i "'f Brethren church in 1891. Dec. 7 he was - 
anointed. Services at Oak Grove bv Bro E S Greeorv as 

wisaL^A"- '■ ^^- S^---— ^'--v'l^- Weii;rf-l5lesS: lit ' 
Louisf^.' ^'"''^'-J,- '^"1^ son of Brother Vinton and Sister 
conf^rL.T ^^^ '^''■"^ °'^ ^^'"^' 'meningitis. i„ the Lowland 
home bv ^!^' ^S'°- ""^""^ "- '''''"'^ =»"^ 1* ^^>«- Services at the 

<^A, Xr^^*^^- IS: i. Interment n 
badie Grotr. Wavne, Colo 

Wenffer, Sister Annie, boi 
"f the Lai 

Lowland cemetery. 
1 Jan. 10. 1832, died in the bounds 

years 11 mnnfl*''' ^^}^' ^*'"'''^'^' P^-' 0^<:- !'■ 19". ^Sed 79 
of the rh„?.h / ^"1^ '^^^'^- ^^^ "'^3 a consistent member 
son and fn'^r I ^^e Brethren for many years. She leaves one 
ohurch bv pTh T^"^^*f^- Services in the New Providence 
1. 2 Interminti- ^^ ^^^'^'''' ^"^ ">^ "■'■"^^■■- Text. John 14: 
Street WasteJ Pa™' '''""''''''— ^' B. Toder. 243 Charlotte 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 13, 1912. 


Editorial, — 

The Origin of Christmas '• 

Retrospective and Prospective (H. B. B.) '• 

The Great Problem of the School Question (H. C. E.). . ; 

Wresting Scripture ; 

He Pound No God ; 

Paul's Consistency ; 

The Exemplary Sunday-school Teacher . 

Essays, — 

Recommendation of Annual Meeting. By S. N. 

McCann ^ 

"WTiy We Believe fn Christianity. By Jas. H. Morris... 3 
Notes and Jottings on Recent Sunday-school Lessons. 

By I. J. Rosenberger, ' ^ 

Wreck Number One. By W. M. Howe ] 

Annual Meeting Papers ' 

Rebaptism. By W. H, Deeter ' 

How to Make Sunday-school Teaching More Eltectuai. 
By Cora Gripe Brubaker ^ 

Tbe Bomid. Table, — 

The Critic's Reward.— Flora E. Teague. The Deacon 
Again. — J. D. -laughtelln. A Lesson on Rebaptism. 
— Andrew Eskeldson. Reverence lor the Lord's Prayer. 
— S. S. W. Hammers. A Tender Gift.— Jno. Calvin 
Bright ' 

Home and ramlly, — 

The Set of a Soul. — EUzabeth D. Rosenberger. Im- 
mortal Hope, — Katie Flory ^ 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

(Concluded from Page 29.) 
last council a sister was reclaimed and a daughter baptized. 
This makes five new ones to help us since our last report. 
Pray for us for a good work here and that we may go on, 
ever doing all to the honor and glory of God. Our Sunday- 
school in Chewelah Is doing well.— Pearl Hixon, Chewelah, 
Wash,, Jan, 1. 

Bethany. — Bro. I. S. Long came to our place at Ross's 
Chapel in the Second District of West Virginia, and gave us 
two lectures on " India's Great Need" and "The Customs of 
India." A collection of S6.25 was taken. We hope that these 
talks will greatly increase the missionary spirit in the hearts 
of our people. — D. W. IClrk. Ross's Chapel, W. Va.. Jan. 2. 


Iteedley. — Dec. 31 we closed a two weeks' series of meetings, 
conducted by Bro. Crist. The attendance and interest were 
fair Bro. Crist preached eighteen sermons. He also gave 
some very interesting Biblo talks, based on Matthew. Three 
came out on the Lord's side and were baptized. Our Sunday- 
school has reorganized and Is ready to begin the work of the 
new year. We pray for a deeper spirituality among us, — for 
more of the charity that " thinketh no evil," so that our work 
may prosper to the honor and glory of God. — Susie Michael, 
Reedley, Cal., Jan. 2. 

IialES View church met in council Dec. 23, with Bro. George 
E, DeardorfC presiding. Two members were received by letter. 
Bro. Roy Whlteliouse was chosen president of our Christian 
Workers' Meeting for six months. Brethren C. M. Miller and 
William Taylor, and Sister Ella Keith, were chosen as. a miy- 
sionary committee. We expect Bro. C. L. Wllklns to be with 
us in a series of meetings, to commence about Jan. IS, — Ella 
Keith, Brethren, Mich., Dec, 2S. 

Berthold. — Our churcii met In council Dec. 28, with Eld. 
D. F. Landis presiding. Our Sunday-school had Christmas 
services on Sunuay morning. Dec. 24. We had an interesting 
program, with very good Interest Bro. J. M. Myers preached 
for us in the eveiiiiig, to a well-filled house. — Bessie Stong. 
Box 312, Bertliold, N. Dak,, Jan. 7. 

Sontb St. Joseph Mission. — We helped our poor this year on 
Saturday before New Year, Instead of on Christmas Day. 
Instead of serving a public dinner, we visited the poverty- 
stricken district of our part of the city and took the names 
and addresses of the very poorest and most worthy we could 
And. Dec. 30 a few of -he brethren and sisters came in and 
assisted in preparing baskets, and carried them to these 
homes in a blinding snowstorm. Wo witnessed many" sad 
sights. Some were almost destitute of food and clothing and 
coal, A^ one place we found an aged blind man, who had 
recently lost his wife, living alone and doing his own work. 
We found another blind woman living alone, who told us 
the her neighbor stole her fuel. We found four or five widows 
with families, trying to support their children. At another 
place we found two aged people, the wife making a living by 
begging, as the husband is unable to provide. We had to 
stoop to enter some of the doors, and after we were inside 
we could not stand erect in some of these liomes. We are 
giving the Gospel Messenger to some of these families, 
through the kindness of one of our brethren. This long cold 
wave is working many liardshlps among our poor. — E. N. 
Huffman, 502 Kentucky St-eet, St. Joseph. Mo., Jan. 5. 

Bed Banli. — Dec. 24 all services were marked by a manifes- 
tation of " good will toward men." This reached a climax 
during the evening Christmas services, when we felt a sense 
of the real "Joy to the world," to be experienced through 
Christian fellowship. Our Sunday-school in all departments 
now numbers about 100. Sister Amanda Shumalter, superin- 
tendent of our home department, has, to a great extent, dem- 
onstrated the fact that In " hard work " lies much of the 
secret of success In the Lord's work. Tlirough the efforts of 
Sister Shumaker and her assistants our home department has 
an enrollment of about flfcy-four members. The services 
of Brethren W. M. Howe and J. H. Cassady have been prom- 
ised to us to conduct a Bible class and evangelistic series of 
meetings, to begin Sept. 9 of this year. — L, R. Holslnger, 
H. D. 5, New Bethlehem, Pa., Jan. 7. 

Hatfield. — Our church met In council Dec. 30. Eld. F. P. 
Caasel presided. Much business was transacted. One letter 
of membership was granted. The Sunday-school officers for 
both Hatfield and Lansdale were elected, with Bro, G. H, Light 
as superintendent of the Hatfield school, and Bro. Edwin Hal- 
terman for the Lansdale school. — Mrs. G. H. Light, Hatfield, 
Pa., Jan. 4. 

Uaple Qrove. — Our church met in council Jan. 4. Bro. 
Wertenberger was reelected elder for one year. It was de- 
cided to elect all of our church officers each year, instead of 
some holding tneir office indefinitely. Bro, Floyd Miller was 
chosen church clerk; Bro. Asa BllckenstaK, treasurer; Bro. 
Clarence Bishop, solicitor; Sister Paulina, Messenger agent; 
Sister Anna Abbln, correspondent, Sunday-school officers 
were also elected for the ensuing year, with Bro. J. P, Anken- 
man as superintendent; Bro. Everett Ankenman, secretary. 
Our series of meetings will begin the last of January, if every- 
thing is favorable. Bro. Ankenman was elected chairman of 
the temperance committee. — Minnie D. Deeter, Oronoque, 
Kans., Jan. 4, 

El Centre. — Our council met Dec. 30. Much business was 
transacted. Eld. A, C. Snowberger was chosen as our elder 
in charge for the new year; Bro, E, S. Strlckler, clerk; Sister 
Anna Strickler, Messenger agent; Bro. W. M. Piatt, Sunday- 
school superintendent; Sister Rose Ebersole, superintendent 
of the primary department; Sister Emma Piatt, superinten- 
dent of the cradle roll. We decided to Install a mission box 
for free-win offerings. On the first Sunday of each month 

there Is to be a special sermon for the children, and on these 
days the regular Sunday-school collections will be used to- 
wards the support of Sister Emmert in India, Our birthday 
offerings are used .for the support of an India orphan girl. 
Feeling the need of more aggressive work in this new and 
growing field, the church is requesting our District Mission 
Board to locate a missionary sister among us. The building 
committee was instructed to Investigate further about a 
church site, and to prepare plans for our new churchhouse, so 
as to be able to present something definite at our next council. 
Arrangements will be made soon for a series of meetings, to 
close with a love feast. — W. M. Piatt. Ei Centro. Cal., Jan. 1. 

Holladay. — Eld. S. A. Sanger preached an excellent sermon 
for us on Christmas Day, the first Christmas sermon probably 
ever preached in this county. Our love feast, lield In August, 
and conducted by Bro, Sanger, was the first held In this 
county. Nineteen members were present, all from other con- 
gregations except four. After the feast Bro. Sanger re- 
marked that he certainly enjoyed the service, and I think we 
all did. Bro. G. W, Beahm and family, of Nokesville, Va., 
moved here the latter part of last weelt He preached for us 
yesterday from Psa 23. His sermon was short, but Interest- 
ing and Instructive. Bro. Felix May and family, of near 
Nokesville, Va.. moved Iiere the latter part of November. 
Since then he was called home by the sad news of the sick- 
ness and death of his father, an eider in the Nokesville congre- 
gation. Bro. John Kane and family, of Fairfax, Va., moved 
here in September. He Is a son-ln-iaw to Eld. S. A, Sanger. 
— Florence Rodeifer, Holladay, Va., Jan. 1, 

Browne ville. — Eld. W. R. Miller came to this place Dec. 
2G, and for six evenings gave his splendid illustrated lectures 
on the Holy Land to crowded houses. On Sunday morning he 
preached an excellent sermon, and In the afternoon gave us 
an accou!it of his experiences among the Bedouins. Bro. 
Miller's labors among us have been very helpful to the church 
and community. We recently elected our Sunday-school and 
Christian Worker officers for 1012. Bro. S. P. Spltzer was 
elected superintendent, and Bro. Wilbur S. Jennings, presi- 
dent of the Christian Worlrers" Meeting, We also organized 
a Temperance Union, with Bro. P. R. Phillips as president; 
Sister Nellie S. Jennings, secretary. The writer was elected 
church correspondent- — Laura E. Jennings, Brownsville, Md., 
Jan, 2. 

Hudson. — Our church met in council Jan. 3, with Eid. J. H. 
Neher, presiding. The reports of the different solicitors and 
treasurers were read and accepted. It was time for electing 
our church and Sunday-school officers for the year. Bro. 
J. H. Neher was chosen elder in charge for another year; Bro, 
Noah Blough, treasurer; Bro. F, H. Lyon, clerk and Sunday- 
achool superintendent; Bro. Carl Porter, secretary. We do- 
nated $5 of oui- Sunday-school missionary collection to the 
India missionary, supported by tlie Soutliern District of 
Illinois. The -writer was chosen church correspondent for 
this year. — ^Mrs. Ida L, Thompson, Hudson, III., Jan, 1. 

Eerman church met In council Dec. 30. Considerable busi- 
ness came before the meeting. Our elder, Bro. Samuel Edge- 
comb, presided. We reorganized our Sunday-school and Cliris- 
tian Workers' Meeting. The writer was chosen Sunday-scliool 
superintendent; Bro'. Geo. Miller, secretary; Bro. J. Wlatt. pres- 
ident of the Christian Workers' Meeting. We expect to hold a 
series of meetings as soon as we can get a minister to assist 
us. The writer was also chosen Messenger agent and corre- 
•spondent. We shall try to Induce every family in the church 
to take the Messenger, being convinced that mucli spiritual 
food may be derived from reading it. — Maria Edgecomb, Ker- 
man, Ca!., Jan. 1. 


The Committee is ready to report tlie following for 
lodging on the meeting grounds: 

There will be about 100 rooms, 10 by 10 feet, at $3,00; 
25 rooms, 12 by 14 feet, at $4,00 each; 12 special rooms, 
about 10 by 15 feet, at $5.00 each. These rooms are all lo- 
cated in the Main Exhibition Building on the meeting 
grounds, are properly curtained and fitted with electric 

Double springs will be rented at $1,00 each; wire cots 
at 50 cents; comforts and blankets at 50 cents each, and 
straw pillows at 15 cents each. 

There are only a limited number of these rooms in the 
above mentioned building, and the Committee should like 
to receive orders for rooms just as soon as possible. 
Please do not forget to enclose stamp for reply. 

Please state in your letter what furnishings are wanted. 

York, Pa., Jan, 5. C, G. Trimmer, Chairman. 

A, S. Hershey, Secretary. 


Our church met in council on Monday evening-, Jan. 1. 
Church and Sunday-school olficers were elected, and oth- 
er business was transacted. The Christmas sermon was 
preached by Bro. T. T. Myers. It was appropriate and 
inspiring. Everybody seemed to have the Christmas spir- 
it. The greetings at the close of the service were hearty, 
and all seemed to be happy. The day was spent, by the 
people here, mostly quietly in their homes. It would cer- 
tainly be an appropriate day to hold church services, and 
we hope the time will come when this will be done. 

In the evening the Sunday-school gave a program which 
was good. The children and young people had their parts 
well prepared, and their efforts were enjoyed by a large 
and appreciative audience. Our superintendent, Emmert 
Swigart, had things well planned, and all moved off in a 
way that was very gratifying. Our Sunday-school is in 
good working order. There are three adult Bible classes. 
The two men's classes are taught by Brethren A. H. 
Haines and O. M, Brumbaugli. A women's class is 
taught by Sister Elorence Myers. These classes are do- 
ing excellent work, which is true also of all other classes. 

We look forward to our Bible Term, beginning Jan. 12. 
and the evangelistic meetings, conducted by Bro. J, H. 
Cassady. Many should enjoy these advantages, and we 
believe they will. Bro, C, C. Johnson and wife, of Pitts- 
burgh, were here a few days. He preached for us on Sun- 
day morning. His sermon was good, and their friends 
were glad to see them, Bro. Haines gave us a comforter 
for the New Year, in the evening, "God with us," 

Jan. 3. Eleanor J. Brumbaugh. 


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Vol. 61. ( 

New Series > 

Elgin, HI., January 20, 1912. 

No. 3. 


The Missionary Outlook in Mexico. 
Since the new president of Mexico, Mr. Madero, is mak- 
ing most admirable, progress in the restoration of orderly 
conditions, the future prosperity of the country is becom- 
ing more and more assured. The president has already 
given unqualified endorsement to the value of Protestant 
missions in the spiritual development of his people. His 
private secretary is an active member of a Protestant 
church, and does much to further the work of the various 
missionary enterprises already in the Mexican field. We 
see nothing to hinder several of our own ministers, and 
other members, settling in Mexico, and giving mission 
work by the colonization method a fair trial. The field 
is within easy reach, and the outlook is as promising as in 
many far-away lands. 

A Good Resolve. 

If 1912 is to be OTie of far-reaching significance, not only 
to ourselves but to all witli whom we come in touch, it is 
welt to set about it at an early date and keep going. Im- 
portant issues in church and state challenge our thought 
and attention, but let us not lose sight of our neighbor- 
hood relations. The quaint advice of John Bunyan is very 
opportune at the present moment: " If thou wouldst be a 
good neighbor, take heed to thy tongue." Our happiness 
will not be what it ought to be, nor will our influence be 
as far-reaching, if we fail in our neighborly relations. The 
apostle's warning, concerning the " bridling of our 
tongue," is a most important one and all too often for- 
gotten. An ungoverned tongue, let loose m even the most 
peaceful community, will soon destroy the very best and 
salutary influences of the church. 

Where Prayers Do Not Avail. 

It is announced that a leading church in Pelican Rapids, 
Minn., has arranged to have dancing and card-playing in 
a side-room of their sanctuary, under the auspices of 
church leaders. These "parties" are to be opened by 
prayer and song service and to be closed by a benediction. 
It is declared by the officials in question that it is the aim 
cf the proposed plan to " bring about clean dances and non- 
gambling card-playing, so that the young people can be 
in the safe environments of the church, rather than in 
questionable places." To ask God's blessing, in prayer 
and song, upon a gathering so wholly at variance with the 
teachings of his Word, savors strongly of mockery and an 
open defiance of his holy name. Evidently " strong de- 
lusions " have turned the liearts of many, in these latter 
days, since they, seemingly, take " plca<;urc in nnriLfhl- 


A Downward Move. 

The ." terminable marriage," as a cure for divorce, is 
now being strongly agitated in Germany, and the rapidity 
with which the movement is gaining popular favor is a 
strong indication that ere long it will be urged in this 
country also. It requires but a cursory investigation by 
the earnest Bible student, to discover the utter fallacy of 
the proposed measure. A marriage which may lie " ter- 
minated " at the caprice of either one of the contracting 
parties is in no way superior to a divorce scandal. It goes 
back to the period antedating Christian civilization and 
means the degradation of woman, so plainly in evidence at 
that time. While it is always well to give due attention 
to various social and economic measures promoting thc 
permanchcy of the marriage relation, under no circum- 
stances should the high standard of lawful wedlock in 
any way be debased or made les^ binding. 

|)aid tlieni into tlie royal treasury. The various lran^;u■- 
lions of the firm were noted down on clay tablets, which 
were stored in great earthenware jars for safety. Thert- 
they remained, only to be discovered by the explorer of 
these latter days. Doubtless the business man of thai 
early civilization hardly thought that his records wouUI 
be so imperishably preserved as to atYord a comprehen- 
sive insight into the activities of his day. But records arc 
hard to get rid of. Some day each dweller of earth will 
have to face the record of his life as it will be present- 
ed to the Great Judge of all the world, and the revelation 
of his record will decide his destiny. 

Among the Records at Babylon. 
Recent discoveries of the wonders of Babylonian civili- 
zation, corroborating the fruits of earlier explorations, 
show that business rules and practices, in that early age, 
were very muoli what they are today. Perhaps the most 
interesting of all the buried records are the contract tab- 
lets, kept by a firm of bankers and money lenders, known 
as "The Sons of Egibi," established at Babylon before 
the lime of Sennacherib, — probably as early as 1.000 B. C. 
These so-called "brick books," constitute the chief source 
of our knowledge as to the life in ancient Babylon. " The 
Sons of Egibi" possessed enormous wealth and influence, 
and have been designated as the " Rothschilds of the an- 
cient world." They carried on all kinds of financial trans- 
actions. They made loans to the state, as well as to pri- 
vate persons, and the finances of the court were entrusted 
to them for several generations. They collected land 
taxes, titles and dues for the use of the public roads and 

A Sad Reflection on Christian England. 

It is claimed, on the authority of well-authenticated 
facts, that the entire district of Lado-Enclave (the higli- 
lands west of the Nile between Shambe and Gondokoro), 
as well as the whole of the Sudan, is turning to Islam 
more rapidly under the English ensign, — the flag of the 
crosses, — than under her own flag alone. The Dinkas and 
other Pagan tribes which, until recently, bitterly despised 
Islam, are now proving an easy prey to the advance of 
Mohammedanism. The Moslem troops in the Sudan, with 
the full consent of Great Britain, are indefatigable propa- 
gators of their faith, and the result of their efforts is 
readily seen. Within the next ten years it will be decided 
whether the Cross or the Crescent will prevail in that 
portion of Africa. The supreme opportunity for the Chris- 
tian church rests in the immediate occupancy uf that sec- 
tion, and holding the fort for Christ. 

A Christian President for China. 

That heathen China, through representatives from 
eighteen of her provinces, should have made choice of a 
Christian as the first president of the prospective new re- 
public, seems remarkable indeed. Dr. Sun Yat Sen is the 
son of a native convert, and not only an earnest believer 
himself, but also in profound sympathy with missionary 
achievements and aims. That, in spite of his acceptance 
ot a foreign faith, lie has succeeded in winning the con- 
fidence of his countrymen, speaks well for his superior 
qualifications as a leader of his people to higher and 
nobler attainments. His strength is in his amazing prac- 
tical sense and his sincere and disinterested devotion to his 
country and his countrymen. Should he succeed in 
marshaling all the provinces of China under the banner of 
the new republic, great and important things may lie 
looked for under his efficient leadership. 

A Beloved Employer of Labor. 

In sharp contrast with the strained relations, altogether 
too common between employer and employe, is the hearty 
accord that prevailed between Mr. R. T. Crane, the Chi- 
cago " ironmaster," who recently died, and his small army 
of men. It shows that a man can achieve success in an 
industrial enterprise and yet be fair to those who have 
helped in the work accomplished. To his men Mr. Crane 
was more like a father than a mere employer. Besides 
being paid liberal, living wages, all were given, at the end 
of each year, a share of the profits. He preferred to make 
a distribution of surplus earnings to those who aided in 
their accumulation, rather than to found libraries or en- 
dow colleges. It is not to be wondered at that by liis 
workers Mr. Crane is revered as one who was truly their 
friend, nor is it strange that strikes were unknown in his 
plant. ■■ He that hath friends must show himself friendly," 

Much Land Yet to Be Possessed. 
By the most accurate estimate there arc yet over 1,000,- 
000 square miles of the continent of Africa.— an eleventh of 
its total area, — that still remain unexplored, and entirely 
untouched by gospel influences. Though about three- 
fourths of the unexplored area lies within the limits of 
the Desert of Sahara, it must not he thought that it is ab- 
solutely barren. There are many fertile regions that mere- 
ly await the magic wand of modern civilization and the 
ennobling touch of the gospel herald. The largest stretch 
of Africa's unexplored country, near the seacoast, is in 
Liberia,— about 20,000 miles.— all within 200 miles of the 
sea. Then there are other portions, also, the topography 
of which has not, as yet, been fully delineated. Contem- 
plating the vastness of the work, still to be accomplished, 
ere the gospel message shall have been delivered to every 
inhabitant of the globe, one is impressed with the magni- 
tude of the undertaking.- each worker having but a short 
span of life at his disposal. How many of us are really 
impressed with the fact that "the King^s business re- 
quirelh haste," and that millions are sinking into Christ- 
less graves while we arc neglecting to go forth to the vast 
harvest fields of the world? 

The Military Burden of Japan, 
The present internal conllict in Japan i^ largely attribut- 
ed to the effects of tlie o.stentatiuu^ uaval display in New 
York harbor last fall. That exhibition of American 
prowess seems to have excited the envy uf Japanese mili- 
tary enthusiasts and suggested to them a possible rivalry. 
Japan's resources, however, fail to measure up to her am- 
bitious. Additional army and navy equipment can not be 
obtained without increasing still further the already griev- 
ous burden" of taxation. Opposed to such an injudicious 
move arc the nation's real leaders, who have ominous 
forebodings of an impending uprising, should the burden 
be made still heavier. A small group of people, who fur- 
nish military supplies, arc growing rich at the expense ot 
the State, and purchases of further equipment will ma- 
terially augment their resources. What a pity that our 
gorgeous parade of battleships should have resulted .so un- 
lortunatcly for the people of Japanl 

One Way of Solving a Problem. 
Since the increased cost of living fi,r :,onic time. 
been a burning qne.stiun m the minds of all who are 
vitally affected by the upward trend, the "American Eco- 
nomic Association " is endeavoring to have President Taft 
unite the great powers of the world in the creation ot a 
joint commission, to discuss the question in all its bear- 
ings. Whatever may be evolved by such an inquiry, one 
thing is sure,— there will he no real relief until there is an 
honest effort, by all concerned, to live within their al- 
lotted means. Tliat is the solution arrived at, years ago. 
by European nations, and it is the way out of the dinieulty 
for the people of the United States. The members of our 
Fraternity have long enjoyed the enviable record of be- 
ing exponents of the simple life and frugal and economical 
habits. Thus to live, as a matter of principle, will enable 
all to keep fully within their resources, and to have some- 
thmg "to give to him that ncedeth." 

A Survey of the World Field. 

Judging by the figures submitted in the " Missionary Re- 
view of the World," a quite signilicant showing is made by 
most of the religious bodies. American missionary so- 
cieties, including those of Canada, enjoyed, in the last 
year, a total income of $12,290,000, This is a gain of 
practically $400,000 over last year, and more than twice 
the amount raised in 1900. Great Britain, with several 
thousand dollars short of $9,000,000, shows a decrease of 
$600,000 from the year preceding, but an increase of more 
than $2,000,000 over 1900. Christendom, all told, raised 
$25,300,000 for missions,— only a slight increase over 1910. 
.\'ative churches on the held, "out of their poverty" gave 
$.5.500,000.- a gain of $250,000. The total number of for- 
eigii missionaries is 22,000; native workers, 110,000. Of 
the 2,300,000 native Christians, now enrolled by the various 
Protestant bodies. 152,000 were gathered within the last 
year. Missionary teachers in 31,000 schools are instructing 
1,500,000 students and pupils. While these figures may in- 
dicate that Christianity, in many ways, is making progress, 
yet they also show that the most active are not, perhaps, 
living up to their highest possibilities. Each one of us, as 
members of the Church of the Brethren, may well ask 
himself; " What lack 1 yet. in a fuller onsecration to the 
Lord's service? " 

The Money Power in International Affairs. 
When, during the most critical period of the Moroccan 
difficulty, there seemed to be grave danger of a war be- 
tween France and Germany, it is said that only the refusal 
of necessary funds, on the part of the money lenders, pre- 
\ented an outbreak of hostilities. There may have been 
times in past years, when wars were declared in order to 
decide the supremacy of contending dynasties. Now, how- 
ever, it is openly averred that most of the wars are started 
at the instigation of the moneyed interests, — the linancial 
kings of the world! International politics are a deep and 
hidden mystery to the rank and lile of the people, but 
many of them arc gradually awakening to the fact that the 
promised glory of national supremacy is only a mere pre- 
text to arouse the patriotic passion and national ambition 
of the masses, while covering the devices of the financiers 
to seize upon sources of wealth. Let it be remembered 
that in the end the people, — and the people only. — pay for 
the achievements, gained in war, by their blood and their 
taxes, and it would seem that they ought to have the right 
to say whether or not they want to continue the costly and 
unchristian encounters of the battlefield. For the loyal fol- 
lower of the Prince of Peace the question has long ago 
been finally and definitely settled, — he disposes of his en- 
emies by making them his friends. Such a love " snf- 
fcreth long and is kind, and never faileth." 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 191!i. 


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The Annual Meeting. 

is,™i(! vears ngo. while on the Anntial Meetlnis Brounds. 

i;r'.. Jas. A. Sell, of HollidayaburE. Pa., handtsd us the follow- 

i)is appTopriate lines:] 

1- this a shaiiovv, faint and dim of that which is to conic. 

What shall the unveiled splendor he of our celestial 

Where waves the soWcn tree of life and all its streams 

gush free, 
.And all is slowinir in the lieht of immortality.'" 

Why We Believe in Christianity. 

Reason Number Three. 

We believe- in Chrisliaiiity liecause of its advocates. 
It is an axiom in the commercial world that the most 
valuable articles enlist the best men as agents. That 
has been true of Christianity because men and women 
from every walk of life have been enlisted,— itien and 
women who have been willing to live and die for a 
deserving cause. This power over the human heart 
cannot be reasoned away. 

To make clear what we mean, let us examine a few 

( 1 ) The power over such men and women as Si- 
mon Peter, Andrew, Dorcas, Mary, Martha, Lazarus, 
etc. You, no doubt, will say that those were all poor 
people who expected something for their services. 
We are not sure how much property Mary and Mar- 
tha had, but we l;now that material gain was not their 

( 2) The power over .such men as Zaccheus, a rich 
man, was truly remarkable. He says, " Behold, Lord, 
the half of my goods I give to the poor ; and if I have 
taken anything from any man by false accusation, 
I restore him fourfold." Then Christ tells him, " This 
flay is salvation come to this house." 

(3) The high and the low, alike are touched by 
gospel power. Men, high in office, and men who held 
no office,— men high in the social world and men with- 
out any special social position are influenced for good. 
" He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden ; 
for, behold from henceforth all generations shall call 
me blessed. . . . Thou liast exalted them of low de- 
gree." As an example we refer to Paul's letter to 
Philemon in which he says, concerning Onesimus, 
Philemon's runaway slave : " I beseech thee for my 
son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds." 

Luke stood high in the professional world, — being 
a physician of some note. In Col. 4: 14, Paul says: 
" Luke the beloved physician, and Demas greet you." 
Of Apollos and Zenas it is said: " Bring Zenas the 
lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that 
nothing be wanting unto them." 

(4) The black and the white are open to Gospel in- 
fluences. It is not said that color has anything to do 
with our salvation. " He came to seek and to save 
that which was lost." He redeemed us to God from 
every nation. In Rev. 5 : 9 it is said: "Thou art 
worthy to take the book, and to open the seals there- 
of ; for thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God 
by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and 
people and nations." The Gospel is equally applicable 
to the black man, the white man, the yellow man, the 
red man, and to the man of whatever color he may 
be. It has reached all races and colors. It is now 
affecting men of all races and colors and will so con- 

(5) The Gospel has reached out to all the world, 
and has as advocates unlearned and learned men. 
Some people are afraid of editcation. That class we 
wish to refer to the life of Paul, — the university man 
of the New Testament. There is no special virtue in 
ignorance, but by this we do not mean that God can- 
not use unlettered men to forward his work, because 
history shows that many unlettered men have been in- 
struments in God's hands to accomplish wonderful 
things in the world. On the other hand, if the same 
pious man had a good education, he could do much 
more. The reason wdiy some men have deprecated 
the value of education to a minister, seems to be be- 

cause i)hilosophy,— the crown of education, has led 
some men to become skeptical. But we are glad to 
note that many worthy men have used their philos- 
ophy in the advancement of God's work. 

Let us examine, more particularly the life of Paul, 
who stands out brightly as an educated advocate of 
Christianit)'. After Saul had seen Jesus, he was ready 
10 preach. " His preaching was powerful. He was 
a man of education. He did not need to learn how to 
think nor how to speak. He was a master in speech 
because of training and experience. So long as he 
confined himself to what he knew of Jesus, he was on 
safe ground." — Dr. A. T. Rohcrtson. 

When Saul was converted he was already a theo- 
logian. He had been in the hair-splitting business on 
theological questions, but now he learned that Jesus 
Christ is what he claimed to be, and that he came to 
save such men as he was. Of course, he did not lay 
aside his love for order and analysis when he was 
converted, but brought it with him. Thus his mighty 
intellect, too, was converted to Christianity. Natural- 
ly he became the first Christian theologian. Read his 
letter to the Romans, if you wish to see some masterful 
arguments, cumulatively arranged. Each argument 
not only follows the preceding one in order, but in 
importance, drivirg the nail deeper and deeper. As a 
Hellenistic Jew, Paul had been open to the best things 
of Greek culture. This \ras very beneficial and, in 
fact, absolutely essential to one who was to become 
the apostle to the Gentiles. The Greek mind and the 
Tewish mind were not of the same nature, but Paul 
k-new both. 

Paul's education helped to make him the leader that 
he was in the missionary campaign. It helped him to 
conquer in the Judaizing controversy at Jerusalem and 
Antioch. It helped him in that wonderful address to 
the philosophers on Mars' Hill, at Athens. He does 
not neglect to show Christ as his Advocate and God 
as his Father. Paul, in a sentence, waves aside their 
idolatry and introduces God as the proper Being to 
worship. Paul's Gospel has become the Gospel of the 
Christian world because he had learned Christ as he 
really is. 

" We thank God for this man of a nature so intense 
and an insight so penetrating. Christ never had an- 
other servant who so well conveyed the fullness and 
richness of that Gospel of the happy God, which is 
the hope of the race, unless John the Apostle be placed 
by his side, as he ought. One can feel the heart-throb 
of Paul in his letters and the sharpness of his intel- 
lect, the passion of a great soul, all ablaze with love 
for the lost." — Dr. A. T. Robertson. 

Brother, are you not better satisfied knowing that 
Christianity has had such advocates as Paul? It is 
not a religion for the weak only, — for women and ef- 
feminate men. It is not a religion for the poor only, 
— those that have lost all their money or never had 
any. It is not a religion for the North-American 
white men only, — the God-favored ones, — but it is for 
great and small, high and low, rich and poor, ignorant 
and educated, every class, for every day, in every 
trouble, for the past, present and future, as shown by 
the universality of its advocates. 
I.ouL^'iUe, Ky. 

Recommendation of Annual Meeting. 

BY S. N. m'cANN, 

In Two Parts. — Part Two. — Work and Plan of Work. 

"To promote personal service and devotion in the life 
of the individual." 

Tins means a working church, each member in 
service, working for Jesus. In most congregations 
the minister, deacons, and a few others, especially ap- 
pointed, are expected to do the work of the church. 
According to this plan every member is to be enlisted 
as a worker. This will multiply the efficiency of the 
church manifold. It will make it easier for her min- 
isters to preach, easier for the deacons to perform 
their work, easier for the Sunday-school and its of- 
ficers and teachers to care for the children and others. 
Each member engaged in personal service for the 
Master, means more family altars, more study of 
God's Word. It means more concern for the lost that 
may be touched by a word, by a kind deed or by a life 
of conformity to God's will. It means more concern 

and care as to the influence that goes out from the 
life to mould and influence others. 

The work is not only to promote personal service, 
but devotion also. Without devotion the work of the 
church grows mechanical and formal. The ordinances 
of the church lose their power to lead up to a closer 
touch with Jesus, to a separation from the world, and 
without devotion they become the goal upon which 
worship centers. They become stumbling-stones to 
hide Christ from the life without consecration and 
earnest devotion. 

To the devoted soul each ordinance becomes a means 
of separation from the world and a power of personal 
touch with Christ. To the devoted child of God every 
service of the church is a benediction. No sermon is 
dull, and no prayer meeting a drag to the devoted 
Christian. The Holy Spirit can not use a Christian 
who is not devoted. Without devotion a Christian 
works alone. There is no real totich with Jesus, no 
manifest influence of the Holy Spirit. To the devoted 
Christian the Spirit reveals Jesus, and quickens his 
life by poW'Cr over self and sin. 

Devotion means more meditation with God. It 
means more time for secret prayer, more time for real 
communion with God. 

If the churches act as recommended, what a work 
in personal service and consecration must be wrought 
in the Brotherhood! Time alone can tell the results 
that must follow if all the churches act upon this ad- 

May God put it into the hearts of the elders to or- 
ganize their churches for this great work. The ad- 
vice is in harmony with his Word, in all its parts, and 
must do much good if only observed. 

How the Plan is to be Made Operative. 
" That the District Mission Boards appoint a District 
Secretary, to be approved by the District Meeting, whose 
duty it shall be to assist congregations to organize, adopt, 
and make operative, the plan herein outlined. That the 
Secretary report annually to District Meeting and to the 
General Mission Boards." 

This is one of the very important sections of this 
plan. If this clause is properly and faithfully ob- 
served, the churches will fall into line and the work 
will gradually become operative. The initiative in this 
work rests with the different District Mission Boards. 
If they act promptly, and with wisdom, the plan inust 
succeed. It is their duty to appoint a Secretary, to be 
approved by District Meeting. Much depends upon 
this Secretary to make operative the plan in the sever- 
al churches. He should be one of the best men the 
District has,— a man who will give time and thought 
to the work in hand, a man who can be away from 
home to help the churches organize. 

If the Mission Boards appoint a man whom, the 
District approves, the churches cannot refuse to re- 
ceive him. On the contrary, they will welcome him. 
The churches, generally, will be glad for better or- 
ganization and better methods of carrying forward 
this work. The elders will especially welcome better 
organization for the higher and more aggressive work 
of their congregations. 

The secretary holds a very important and far-reach- 
ing work at his command. It is his business to assist 
local congregations in effecting an organization. This 
will be comparatively easy if the elder in charge works 
shoulder to shoulder with him, but if he is indifferent, 
the work is more difficult. If an elder is indifferent it 
will often be necessary for the secretary to take the 
first step and urge the elder to call a meeting for or- 
ganization. The Secretary's work is not done when 
an organization is effected; he is to help the church 
to adopt and make operative the plan. This may call 
for a second or a third visit and personal effort to 
make all things work in harmony. To make the plan 
fully operative, may require years of devoted and pa- 
tient effort. They will be years well spent, years of 
efl'ort that will repay all trouble and expense a hun- 
dredfold in blessing to the church. 

I am glad to say that some of our local churches, 
here in Virginia, are falling into line with the recom- 
mendation of Annual Meeting and are organizing and 
operating the plan, ready to welcome the Secretary 
when he is appointed. The Secretary can but rejoice 
when churches, through their elders, are already or- 
ganized and at work. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20. 1912. 

"It shall be the duty of the General Mission Board m 
assist in every way, in making effective this work, through 
correspondence, tvavcllintj six'nnarics, Iracts •■}■ .iihi-r- 

The Secretary has a right to call to his aid the Gen- 
eral Mission Board, who promise to assist him in 
every possible way. This will be a great privilege and 
a wonderful help to effectual organization. The Sec- 
retary is to report progress to the District Meeting 
and to the General Mission Board yearly. These re- 
ports, while they are only a small part of the work, 
are very necessary. They will show the general status 
of the Districts in a better *nd more truthful way than 
any other method in operation. 

May the time speedily come when every Mission 
Board appoints their Secretary, and when every Dis- 
trict Meeting adopts and provides for him to organize 
every local church into a working power for Christ! 
" Bridgeivater, Va. 

Wreck Number Two. 


It was a colt just past three summers that the hired 
hand was breaking. The fall work was done and he 
had plenty of time to pound the youthful, nervous 
creature up and down the lane three times a day for 
a month. When this was done, he concluded that 
the trained (?) animal was ready to drive. Of this, 
it seems, he readily convinced the owner of the colt 
who was to have the privilege of having the first ride 
behind his "dapple grey." The result was that the 
farmer had a broken buggy, a broken bone and a good 
evidence of a spoiled, imhroken colt. 

The colt was all right except what the training 
made him. Many a lover of horses would have been 
pleased to have had the opportunity to convert the 
colt into a good safe, family horse, — one that would 
serve, most acceptably, aged men or nervous women. 

But before two suns set, the town papers had pub- 
lished a one-sided account of the affair, in which the 
colt was blamed more than his unworthy training 
master, who, by the way, could speak for himself. 
The story the colt might have told never found its 
way into print. 

The hired man (inhuman) readily continued to find 
employment on full pay, and probably was pemiitted 
by another foolish farmer to "break" (spoil) another 
good colt. But who wanted the colt save the specula- 
tor, who was ready to pay only half price for the once 
noble creature?^ 

We wonder how far we would have to g^o to find a 
score of fathers who beheve in training children, but 
who go at it not unlike the hired man who failed so 
utterly with the colt. Brethren, to start with the 
training will last more than a month. It takes "min- 
ute men" to do it, but it is far from being a task for 
a minute. " Begin twenty years" before the child is 
born and continue from that time on till twenty-one 
years are numbered after birth," is not a bad rule. 
While men and women are training themselves, before 
they have a thought of children, they at the same time 
are training their future offspring. 

Again ; while there are times when the best of par- 
ents will not "spare the rod," yet, as a rule, pounding 
does not pay, whether it be colts or boys that arc the 
supposed offenders. This is exceptionally true when 
no real ofl-ence has been committed. In such a case 
the inhuman creature that handles the rod is the gross 
offender and in many cases it might be well if some 
unseen hand would wrestle the rod from him and turn 
It on his own back. He must not be at all surprised 
if, in the case of a colt, the kick comes at once, and 
in the case of a boy a little later on. " Fathers, pro- 
voke not your children to wrath." What fine, noble, 
big-hearted boys some parents might easily have if 
they had only grown that kind! There are two ways 
of training colts and as many, at least, of training 

Moral No. 1 : Farmer, train your own colts or em- 
ploy an expert to assist you. 

Moral No. 2; Parents, train your boys and girls, 
and be sure you get God to help you. 

Johnstozim, Pa. 

The Peace Prospect. 


Never before, in the world's history, has there been 
a time when the promise of universal peace seemed 
so near to fulfillment as now. Over nineteen hundred 
years ago the angelic host burst out, over the Judean 
plains, with tlie song of peace and good will to men. 
A large part of the time since then, has been spent in 
war and bloodshed,— Christendom having had ils 
share with the* rest. 

Here and there were bodies of people who endeav- 
ored to follow the principles, as taught by Christ, but 
their own power and influence were comparatively 
limited. The spirit and teaching of the entire New 
Testament are against war. Jesus said, " They that 
take the sword shall perish by the sword " (Matt. 26: 
52), and, again, "My kingdom is not of this world, 
else would my servants fight" (John IS; 36). Peter 
certainly had good cause for conflict then, if ever. 

True, the Savior admonished his disciples to sell 
their coats and to buy swords, but for any one to use 
this as an argument in favor of war, shows an evident 
igtiorance of ^Scripture, for one of the disciples said: 
" Master, liere are two swords," and he said: " It is 
enough" (Luke 22: 38). What! Two swords 
enough for eleven men against the Jewish mob? He 
certainly did not mean that. He meant that ihev 
should prepare spiritually for a spiritual conflict. 

Evidently they failed to understand this truth as 
they did almost every truth he endeavored to convey 
to them. The record of the early church is against 
war, as it was impossible to find a Christian in the 
ranks of the Roman army during the first two cen- 
turies. When a man became a Christian, he laid down 
his arms, and, as a result, almost invariably suffered 
persecution. Many instances ai*e on record of Chris- 
tians sut^ering death rather than giving up this prin- 
ciple. As time went on, this gradually changed until 
at the time of Constantine nothing was thought of 
professing Christians engaging in warfare. 

During the time of the Reformation Catholics and 
Protestants fought against each other without any 
misgivings. Various sects arose, most of them at 
sword's points with the other. Three exceptions may 
be noted to the general practice, namely. Friends, 
Mennonites. and Brethren. The saintly Zwingli dying 
on the field of battle, affords a sad picture indeed! 

However, during the course of the last century, and 
especially during the last half century, a spirit of tol- 
eration and mutual forbearance is becoming apparent. 
Governments are beginning to see the folly and im- 
mense expense of warfare, and the brightest intellects 
are endeavoring to find a solution to this great ques- 
tion. Thousands, yea, millions, of lives have been 
woefully sacrificed, and many billions of dollars have 
been spent in this sin against God and man. Chris- 
tian missions have many times suffered, and the gra- 
cious Gospel has been hindered in its glad message of 
salvation. But now men are thinking that the glories 
of war cost too much. Instead of nations living at 
enmity, they are grasping hands in fellowship. July 
21 the fiftieth anniversary of the battle of Bull Run 
was made notable in the cause of peace. Hundreds 
of soldiers from both sides were there and, forming 
in line, the "Grey" looking north and the "Blue" look- 
ing south, marched towards each other and, grasping 
hands, pledged eternal friendship, which, wc doubt 
not, was in all sincerity. 

The present negotiations between the United Stales 
and England and France, maric a most advanced step. 
No doubt, during the course of the next decade, great 
strides will he taken in this direction. 

However, as we are watching this, — one of many 
great world movements, — we ask, " What scriptural 
authority is there for it? " Wc are obliged frankly to 
admit that nothing can possibly stand which is not 
founded upon the Word of God. Let us take an im- 
partial view of the peace movement in the light of the 
Word. " The entrance of thy words giveth light " 
(Psa. 119: 130). 

\. The Constitution of the American Peace Society, 
which is a good example of all, after stating its name, 
reads as follows in Art. II, "This Society being found- 
ed upon the principle that war is contrary to the spirit 
of Christianity, and all true religion and morality, shall 

have for its object to illustrate the inconsistency of 
war with this spirit, to show its baleful influence upon 
all the great interests of mankind," etc. We wish to 
ask, What is the purpose of the second clause, "All 
true religion and morality"? Is it not an unnecessary 
nisertion? Is there any true religion or morality out- 
side of Christ? Wc must admit there is not. at the 
same time being aware of the fact that some scholarly 
men tell us that has morals worthy of 
emulation, that Buddhism is religious, and so on. 
through the list, but all the good is contained in the 
Gospels and infinitely more in abundnnce, so the aro-u- 
ment fails absolutely. 

Again; in stating the object of the Society, nothing 
is said about advancing the kingdom of God, but Tt 
must show the " I)alcful influence " of war upon " the 
great interests of mankind.'' What arc those inter- 
ests? Commercial, primarily, antl other things sec- 
ondarily, or not at all. 

2. Any peace proposal which does not definitely 
recognize the Prince of Peace, is doomed to dismal 
failure. Isa. 9: 6 reads, " For imto us a child is born, 
unto us a son is given: and the government shall hi- 
upon his shoulder : and his name shall he called Won- 
derful, Cotmsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting 
Father, The Prince of Peace." 

How can men talk of peace, if, in their congresses, 
they never take into Iheir counsels, the Supreme Coun- 
sellor, and never give the least nulication of placing 
the government upon his shoulders whose right alone 
it is to rule? 

3. 'Let us turn to the Word again. Matt. 22: V- 
39, " Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all Ihy mind. 
This is the first and great commandment, and the sec- 
ond is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as 
thyself." Can number two come before number one? 
Can real peace with man come before peace with God? 
Again we must answer, and in the negative. Peace 
with God always comes before real iicacc with man, 
Who is at enmity wilh God? All those whose backs 
are turned on Calvary. Those who have not accepted 
the "one mediator between God and men. the man 
Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5). 

4. True peace is always i)receded by righteousness. 
Where is righteousness to be found? Only in Christ. 
" All our righteousness is as fdlhy rags." What is 
true of individuals is true of nations. 

If, in this brief summary, we find no definite place 
assigned to the Prince of Peace, upon what nmst we 
base our hope? Man without God is a failure. Christ 
is the only revelation of God to man, and the move- 
ment is Christless. We must turn to the Word again 
for guidance. Isa. 2: 2-4 reads, "And it shall come 
to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the 
Lord's house shall be established in the top of the 
mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and 
all nations shall flow onto It. And many people, shall 
go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the moun- 
tain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; 
and he will teach us of his ways, and wc will walk in 
hi.s paths: for out of 2ion shall go forth the law, and 
the word of the Lor.d from Jerusalem, And he shall 
judge among many nations, and shall rebuke many 
people." Then, and not till then, "shall ihey beat their 
swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning- 
hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation. 
neither shall they learn war any more." 

In Nebuchadne-^zar's image (Dan. 2: 34, 35), the 
stone cut out without hands smites the image upon the 
feet (the feet being typical of the last form of earthly 
power) and breaks it to pieces. The prophet gives the 
interpretation in verse 44, "And in the days of these 
kings shall the Gotl of heaven set up a kingdom which 
shall never be destroyed, and it shall not be left to oth- 
er people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all 
these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." In a 
word, our hope for universal peace is the personal re- 
turn of the Lord to the earth. 

One more reference, 1 Thess. 5:3." For when they 
shall say, Peace and safety ; then sudden destruction 
cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with 
child, and they shall not escape." 

Peace of human arrangement plainly contradicts the 
Word of God. No doubt efforts will continue along 


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the line of securing universal peace until at least a 
nominal peace is secured, but not a real and lasting 
peace, because the only channel for pennanent peace 
is rejected, namely, our Lord and Sa\'ior, Jesus Christ. 
In conclusion we can not do better than quote a few 
lines of poetry by Stephen Chalmers : 

■' Peace! 

And tlie deep leviathan 
Gulfing tlie finny tribes: 
The hawk swooping on prey. 
Itself the prey of something greater. 
Tiie weed choking ttic flower, 
And the giant oak 

Crashing to earth, felled by its protege. 
The treachcrons parasite!" 
" Peace! 
Another name for war. 
Will the universe stand still. 
Or Dives ask his Lazerus to dinner? 
Canst dam the flood that wears the rocks. 
Or teach 

The lion court the lamb? 
Not tin Millennium!" 
/o; Powers St., BcHcfontaine, Ohio. 

The Baptism Question. 


The question before the Conference relates to re- 
baptizing persons who have received trine immersion 
at the bands of those who belong to other denomina- 
tions. The question is: Can they be taken into the 
"Church of the Brethren" on their baptism? There 
is no controversy in the Conference on the rebaptism 
of those who may not have been properly taught in 
the church. The twelve at Ephesus, of whoiu there is 
so much said in the Gospel Messenger, undoubtedly 
belonged to this class. 

We find that, in weighing the subject, this class has 
no bearing on the question before the Conference. 
That question wliolly belongs to the individual him- 
self. If he feels dissatisfied with his baptism, and can 
prove to the church that he lacked true faith and a 
genuine conversion when he was received into the 
church through baptism, he has a right to demand a 
rebaptisiri, the same as did the twelve at Ephesus. 

The vital and only question before our Brotherhood 
is. Can we legally recognize the validity of trine im- 
mersion administered for the remission of sins by 
ministers of other denominations? 

I think not. To receive members of other denomin- 
ations into the "Church of the Brethren" would not 
bring them into the one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 
as taught in Eph. 4: 5, neither would it bring them in- 
to "the unity of the faith," according to Eph. 4: 13, 
nor into the conunon salvation. It would deprive 
them of earnestly contending for the faith which was 
once delivered unto the saints ( Jude 3). Why? Be- 
cause the church of Jesus Christ was to be built on 
the Solid Rock. No high priest nor any other man 
on the earth was pure enough to baptize either Jesus 
or the people who were to compose the body of his 
church. It was of such Divine importance that God 
sent a special. Divinely-commissioned administrator 
of baptism in the person of John the Baptist to bap- 
tize Jesus and the first converts of his church (Mark 
1:4, 5,9; John 1: 6). 

In the baptism of Jesus, baptism received its heav- 
enly seal, by God the Father proclaiming his holy ap- 
proval in saying, " This is my beloved Son in whom 
I am well pleased." The descent of the Holy Ghost 
upon Jesus, while in the water, sanctified the water of 
the one holy baptism for all the world. In proof of 
my statement I refer you to Isa. 55: 9. 

The Father sent John to establish the one and only 
baptism that was recognized and sanctified by deliver- 
ing all things into the authority of Jesus (Matt. 11: 
27), and to whom he had given all authority (Matt. 
28: 18). Christ commanded his church to go and 
teach all nations, baptizing them with this one heav- 
en-sanctioned baptism (Matt. 28: 19; Mark 16: 15, 
16). The Church of the Brethren can not afford to 
allow anything that will possibly lower the standard 
of that baptism, so Divinely appointed by God him- 
self, and so carefuflv committed to the church by 

Since every one that is baptized by the heavenly- 

ordained baptism desires the Divine order of baptism, 
it is well to remember that only the combined proposi- 
tion of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, 
has authority to save the baptized, therefore the 
church should be exceedingly careful to preserve the 
Divine order, as handed down by Christ himself, 'n 
the points of its design, form, mode and authority. 

Now, then, if the "Church of the Brethren" will for- 
feit her high standing and take into her number such 
as were baptized by other denominations, we verbally 
say that such a baptism is good enough to save a soul 
in the church environment where it was first adminis- 
tered. If so, why attempt a transfer of church mem- 

The Church of the Brethren has accepted fully the 
New Testament baptism. Let us stick to it, and not 
trifle with a doubtful baptism. "Obedience is better 
than sacrifice." Let us be careful not to sacrifice 
principle nor doctrine, and not to open a door that 
can not be closed. Let us stand for Christ and his 
church I 

Glarie. Pa. -.- 



Ttie season is again here when rains fall between 
the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Pacific Coast. 
During much of the summer when you, who live in 
the Mississippi Valley and eastward, were visited by 
frequent showers and surrounded by luxuriant vege- 
tation, our hillsides and fields lay parched and brown 
(except -wlici-e water is supplied by the devices of 
man), under continuous weeks of unclouded sunshine. 
But now we have had a few showers and the grass of 
our unirrigated pastures is beginning to look up and 
smile. For some months our green has been in spots, 
but by the time stern Winter gets you thoroughly in 
his grasp, our fields and hills will be a chaririing emer- 
ald everywhere. 

But the storms? What about the storms? The 
autuiun months come on and we begin to watch for 
signs of rain. By and by the sky grows hazy. Then 
fleecy clouds float here and there. Then they begin 
to gather about the luoimtain tops. Then I meet my 
neighbor in the road. He is an old settler. I aiu a 

" Well, I belie\'e it's going to storm," he observes. 
"Think so?" I return, somewhat surprised. 
"Yes: it looks way," replies the old settler. 
.'\nd then he proceeds to generalize about the heavy 
storms that often come during a California winter till 
I am almost frightened at what, it seems likely, we 
are going to have to encounter. 

.'^fter my neighbor has passed on, I ruminate as fol- 
Imvs: "Can it be that in this particular, too, I have 
been deceived by the California booster? I thought 
I had come to a land where there are no storms." 

From that time forward I watch the gathering and 
lowering clouds with increasing anxiety. By and by 
the whole patch of sky that shows between these hills 
is thickly beclouded. Gradually the clouds grow 
heavier and darker and swing lower and lower. Ev- 
erythi]ig proceeds xery gently. Then a very light 
sprinkle of rain begins to fall. This slowly increases 
till it reaches that sweetly musical pit-a-pat patter that 
exerybody delights to hear. And thus it continues all 
day long, and all night and well into the next day, ev- 
ery drop soaking its way into the thirsty ground. 
There is no thunder, no lightning, and scarcely enough 
breeze to make a curtain flutter before an open win- 

Then the clouds lift and break and the sun shines. 
I walk out to my front gate. Again my neighbor 
passes, and as he does so he remarks : " Well, we had 
quite a stonu." 

And I am astounded at his words. But lest he 
think I am wanting to ar.gue the case, I simply, reply,' 
" Yes? " and he rides on. 

Then I ruminate a.gain : "Can it be possible that 
this is what these people call a storm? Verily this is 
another evidence that the same word does not always 
luean the same thing! " 

.And my viewpoint of the case is emphasized by the 
fact that I have lived several years on the high plains 
east of the Rocky Mountains where the word "storm" 
has a very difl'erent meaning. There I have been fre- 

quently aroused in the middle of the night by a rag- 
ing wind, and on looking out the window from the 
house or OHt from under the tarpaulin that covered 
my bed on the ground under the wagon, as the case 
may have been, instead of seeing gathering clouds, 
zig-2agged by flashes of angry lightning, I would be 
greeted by a serene sky, moon and stars shining 
brightly, except as obscured by flying dust and sand. 
.\t other times the wind would bring angry clouds, 
rain, hail, thunder and lightning and other electrical 

Sometimes, on rising in the morning, we would find 
our outbuildings upset and carried across the alley, 
and e\ery old tub and bucket and pan and kettle and 
barrel and hat and rag that had been left loose and 
outside by the neighbors, the evening before, lodged 
against our yard fence. Passing up the street I meet 
a fellow-townsman, all in good humor, who greets me 
with: "Well, we had a little flurry last night." 

There you seldoiu hear the word "storm." Those 
people have almost discarded it from their vocabulary. 
They have enough of the real thing to meet all the 
demands of the case, so they prefer not to talk about 
it except as they can give the ugly thing an innocent, 
harmless-sounding name. Here we are so absolutely 
without storius that these people must satisfy their 
storm appetites by calling a thing a storm that isn't a 
storm at all. 

And this recalls the fact that it is not safe to judge 
of the merits of a thing by the name by which it is 
called, or the character of a man by the name he bears. 
There is a pernicious practice, all too common in 
our day, of calling evil things by innocent names, and, 
on the other hand, of calling the most worthy and 
sacred things by names that are calculated to hold 
them up as objects of scorn and contempt. It is a 
waj- of calling good e\il and evil good that is so dead- 
ening to the moral sensibilities that it should be most 
carefully avoided by all good people. 

And wdien a man lives in a community for a series 
of years, the opinion in which he is held by his neigh- 
bors is usually about what he deserves. But so many 
people refuse to say what they think, and so many 
think one thing and sav the opposite, that it is not safe 
to pass upon the luan's character by what you hear 
among his neighbors. The first luan you talk to may 
be his father-in-law. The next luay be his silent part- 
ner in a profitable bargain they are hoping to make 
with you. The next may be one whose conscience is 
lashing him for an evil he has done the man you are 
inquiring about. In either case you will get a prej- 
udiced opi]iion. " Judge not according to the outward 
appearance (or the naiue). but judge righteous judg- 
tnent." Don't become frightened at a storm until you 
k-now it is a storm. 
SpringviUe. Cal. 

"Follow Me; and let the Dead Bury Their 

Malt. 8: 22. 

The,se seem to be strange words to hear from the 
lips of our blessed Savior, — he who always was so 
kind to mankind, and who always had compassion on 
the sorrows of others. Christ never was known, at 
any time, willfully to inflict pain upon any one. 

Now, what is meant by the Savior in this language? 
(-Itie of his disciples (ndiich one we are not told) 
asked for a leave of absence, for the purpose of going 
to bury his father. This request was but natural. 
\\'hy was it refused? Jesus was soon going to leave 
this earth, and it was necessary for his disciples to be 
with him, that they might have a personal knowledge 
of everything he should do or say. They were to car- 
ry his work forward after his departure, and as his 
tiiue was but very short, here upon earth, they needed 
all the instructions he could give them. 

Christ never said or did a single thing, in his short 
ministry, that did not have its lessons for all times 
and conditions of man's life. " Follow me " is as 
I>ractical a precept to us now as ever. To follow our 
Savior is a command to be obeyed. But when we ask 
some of our fellow-men why they are not obeying this 
great command, w^e hear at once some of the foolish 
excuses alluded to in Luke 14 : 18-20. Just think of 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 


it ! One bought a piece of groun'd, the next five yoke 
of oxen, and the third had married a wife. Such emp- 
ty excuses we hear even today. 

Tlie master of the house became very angry and re- 
jected those excuse-makers, and filled their place with 
others. How sad they must have felt ! Christ, today, 
sends this very invitation to us through his servants: 
"Come, for all things are now ready." Will you come, 
or will you say : " I want to get more of this world's 
o-oods" ? You must either accept or refuse. God 
needs you. His work is great ; the laborers are few. 

How many of us are dead in trespasses and sin, 
and are not fully conscious of the fact? We do not 
understand just where we really are, or we would not 
he satisfied with our condition. "Awake thou that 
slecpest,"and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give 
thee light." Do not tarry among the dead. "Come out 
from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, 
and touch not the imclean thing; and I will receive 
you" (2 Cor. 6: 17). Do not tarry amid the trivial 
things of life. Cut down the unprofitable tree. For 
many years you have sought for its fruit and found 

Friends, what do you hope to gain by your negli- 
gence? Will* your mansions, beyond death's dark 
flood, be assured to you while you continue in sin? 
Are tlie dead more precious in your eyes than your 
loving Fedeemer, who is so tenderly pleading for you? 
Will you burv your hopes with your dead pleasures 
and aspirations? 

There is only one ransom for man's soul, — the bloofi 
of our blessed Savior. He offers it to you freely. 
without money and without price. As every one of us 
must give an account of himself to God, let us be 
very watchful, ^^'e can not come up, in that great 
day, with the excuse. " Lord, thou hast not given me 
time and opportunity enough to accept the plan of sal- 

Jones Mills, Pa. 

Meditations and Reflections. 


An ocean voyage, by removing one from his work 
and friends, affords such an opportunity for thought 
as one scarcely ever takes amidst his many duties on 
land. Many times, too, reading is not so pleasant, so 
one gives himself over entirely to reflection. After 
a busy furlough of almost eleven months in America. 
there is jilenty of food for thought, and one naturally 
meditates. Value of a Furlough. 

Does a furlough really pay? I will answer for the 
missionary only. Certainly so. The splendid climate 
of America, with care builds up the physical system. 
and increases the red corpuscles in the blood. The 
Christian fellowship in many meetings and homes 
gives one courage and inspiration, especially when 
people offer their prayers and support. A large asset 
lies in the many hundreds of friends added to one's 
acquaintance. The Lord be praised for these sympa- 
thetic, helpful friends, scattered all around. Travel- 
ing among the churches gives a missionary valuable 
information about the Brotherhood at large, which 
should enable him to be a better representative. This 
ought to serve a good purpose, also, for the work in 
general. Missionary Education. 

After being in one-tenth of- our congregations, scat- 
tered o\er a dozen States, I feel that the one thing 
needed is a general campaign of missionary education, 
such as passed upon by the last Conference. Le^ 
all who can please act at once! Where there have 
been mission study, reading, sermons, teaching, etc., 
the missionary and his appeal are appreciated. At 
other places the response is meagre indeed. Think of 
a congregation which, after supporting a missionary 
for eight years, and a pastor for some years, and do- 
ing more than any one else in supporting the Sunday- 
school missionary, gives in one week's time $500 
toward the Bible School in India! They have been 
enlightened and know how to give and do in the 
Lord's work. 

Church Papers and the Missionary. 

It is true that the missionary interest is proportion- 
ate to the use of our publications. In the congrega- 
tions where the Visitor and Messenger are largely 

read, the niissionary finds an intelligent and respon- 
sive audience, but where these arc not read, everything 
seems dead. No wonder the missionary urges the 
circulation of our publications. Let tlie agents of our 
papers note how they may help the mission cause. 
Pastors and Evangelists. 
Great is the present demand for efficient pastors 
and evanglists. The supply is not nearly large enough. 
With such a condition it seems too bad that young 
brethren should refuse to accept the ministry, and that 
some who have accepted follow other professions. 
What sort of a call do they need? Ciuirchcs are ask- 
ing and seeking. What a pleasure to go into a church 
where a pastor has been doing faithful work! Such 
a church generally gives more to foreign missions too. 
A\'e learn to give by giving. We must Iiavc good pas- 
tors to develop our churches, and evangelists to in- 
crease tliem. 

Sheep Without a Shepherd. 
In a congregation where there are elders, ministers 
and deacons, but most of them inactive through age 
or neglect or jealousy, the members, left to them- 
seh'es. have become entangled with politics, secret so- 
cieties, etc., to a pitiable degree. Who will answer 
for this iieglect? Sheep need shepherding. 
Church Troubles and Jealousy. 
There are entirely too man;' church troubles among 
us, robbing us of precious time and energy whicli are 
needed to fight tlie devil. Sad, too, that so many trou- 
bles should arise in the official body, and many of 
them can be traced to jealousy. O jealousy, thou 
hated, yet ever present enemy of the soul and the 
church! Better have but one minister or elder in a 
church than to have more who are jealous of one an- 
other and so cause trouble, and neglect the sheep. 
Root out jealousy. 

Bible Institutes. 
One of the most encouraging features in our church 
today is the increased interest ih Bible study. For the 
people who can not go to our schools Bible Institutes 
are very excellent indeed, both in State Districts and 
local congregations. Really. I believe that every con- 
gi'cgation should have a Bible Institute every year for 
its own development. It would, no doubt, be a means 
of life and inspiration and prevent some church Irou- 
hle. Our Sunday-schools. 

Our Sunday-sciioo! work has developed most com- 
mendably and the results arc all that was hoped. In 
conversions, in spiritual growth, in teacher training, 
in promoting tlie grace of giving and Bible study, the 
Sunday-school workers are to be commended. And 
many times the missionary instruction, too, has been 
done in the Sunday-school, and. by the way, there is 
the rightful place for it. In many of our churches 
our Sunday-schools are up to the best in the land. 
Our Colleges. 
After visiting eight of our schools, I am strongly 
impressed with one thing, i. e., that, instead of eacli 
school trying to work out its own salvation, as an in- 
dependent unit, there should be coordination among 
our sciiools, guided and guarded by a capable, author- 
ized Educational Board. To illustrate: Nearly all 
are trying to do college work and must do it at a 
sacrifice, for the ntimber of students is too small to 
pav for equipment and qualified teachers. On the 
other hand, the students suffer for lack of equipment 
and the best teachers. How much better if we had 
just a few centrally-located, well-equipped colleges 
and would let our other schools be feeders by doing 
normal and academic work! Of course each needs 
its Bible Department. Can we not authorize our Ed- 
ucational Board to work to this end? 
The Simple Life. 
Among our strong points, as a church, must be 
named our doctrine, our brotherly love and our sim- 
plicity. We dare not sacrifice any of these, but I fear 
that in some localities and among some of our people 
the last is in danger. Some churchhouses as well as 
the furnishings of many homes and the clothing of 
some of our members, are conspicuous for their de- 
parture from simplicity. Some articles of dress, meet- 
ing the demands of the law, perhaps, are yet not in 
harmony with the simple life. What does "plain 
and modest apparel" mean anyway? Is it not true 
that the trouble is not so much with the language as 
the wearer's heart? Are you happy in plain apparel? 

Have you not heard so;iie one say, " I don't want it 
plain"? The simple life must be rooted in the heart. 
Law can not sustain it. Moreover, rebellion against 
law drives to the other extreme. It is the spirit that 
gives life and sustains it in harmony with Christ's 
humility, as brought out in the gospel message. 

Pardon if there iias been any unjust criticism or re- 
flection in any of the points mentioned. It is our de- 
sire to lie helpful." nothing more. To God be the 
honor for our successes and to us the shame for our 

Gibraltar, Dee. ly. 

The District Cuiifcrciicc of Texas au.l Louisiana con- 
vened with the Manvcl church Dec. 27, 28 and 29. Bro, 
K. G. Tennison, of VVcathorford, Te.Mas, was Moderator 
of the District Meeting proper; the undersigned. Writing 
Clerk; Bro. A. A. Sutter. Reading Clerk. One paper goes 
tn Annual Conference. Willi but one exception, all con- 
gregations were rcpresciUed. The progress of the church 
work, during the past year, was reported from practically 
all points. The future prospects for progressive work, at 
nearly ail points, is good. The ne.Kt District Meeting will 
he held at the Nocona church, not far from Ft. Worth, 
Texas. Bro. K. G. Tennison will represent us on the 
Standing Committee. Bro. A. A. Sutter, of Roanoke. La.. 
was Moderator of the Sunday-school Meeting. One of 
the topics of inuisual interest was, " How Best Interest 
Young Men in Sunday-school Work." The writer was 
Moderator of Ihc Ministerial Meeting. The two cspcciaL 
ly live topics discussed at this meeting were, " How t an 
We Make Our Public Meetings More Spiritual?" anil 
"What Should Be the Primary Object in the Sermon?" 
The meetings closed with a love feast on Saturday even- 
ing. The best of spirit prevailed througli tlic meetings, 
and all present sceniLMl greatly cncouiagod to do more 
and better work during llie coming year. 

Kenedy. Texas. Doc. 30. Lee Dadisnuui, 


We have bad iiK^'iiiiMs Lvcry iwn Wfcks since M;iy I'y 
The Lord has blessed us inucli, and we feel lliat (lie 
work, thus far, is just beginning to bring results thai c;iii 
he seen. The denomination, in wliosc house we arc Inild- 
iug onr services, is !)eginniiig to notice that our work is 
having its effect in the coniunmity. We arc only a small 
baud of earnest workers, hut arc doing what wc can. We 
desire to thank the Mission Board and also the dear 
Brclhren who have so kindly responded lo our calls for 
ministerial help. ICvery brother who has been among us 
can Irnly say that Ihcre is a big field here, and much to- 
ward building up the Lord'.s work can be acconiplislicd 
if more permanency can he assured. MoUne, East Molinc. 
Sylvis, Walerlown, Rock Island, Milan, Davenport and 
Bcltendorff arc all connected by street car service, with 
a five-cent fare to all these points from Moline, except 
Davenport, which is ten cents. By proper management 
and by having mission meetings in these various jioints 
at different times, and centering our efforts at one point, 
a great work and nnich good could be accomplished. 
Members, who may be living in communities where work 
is scarce, could not only benefit the Lord's work by mov- 
ing here, but could benefit themselves, for there is nearly 
always a demand for labor of all kinds, on account of the 
large manufacturing interests. Most of Ihc jjcoplc in 
these towns belong to the laboring class who are more 
likely to accept the Gospel than others. Many of these 
own their homes, which is made possible l)y the assistance 
of the factories, May wc have the prayers nf all Ihc 
church in our efforts in Ibis work? O. A. Hoke. 

308 Thirty-ninth Street, Moline, III., Jan. 2, 


Oct, 1.1 I closed my pastoral work at Scalp Level, Pa,, 
in order to accept the pastorate at this place, succeeding 
Bro. J. W. Lear, who is now located at Decatur, Bro, 
Lear served the church here in an efficient manner for 
eight consecutive years. During said lime the Lord richly 
blessed his noble efforts. 

1 entered upoii my duties as elder and pastor of the 
church at this place Jan. 1. On our arrival here a cordial 
reception was given us, as a family, by the members of 
the church. Many of them expressed their love and ap- 
preciation in a tangible way by giving us a liberal donation 
of fruit, canned goods, groceries, fuel, etc, ^ 

The church here is composed of 191 members, most of 
whom are alive to every good work. An effort rs now be 
ing made thoroughly to organize all departments of church 
work. Jan. 2 wc met in special council. In this meeting 
we unanimously agreed to meet on Wednesday evening of 
each week for prayer and praise service. The pastor will 
conduct a two weeks' revival, beginning Feb. 4. 

Pray for us that the work here may continue to prosper, 
and that many souls may be won to him who came that 
wc might have life, and have it more abundantly. 

Cerro Gordo, II!., Jan. 8. David M, Adams. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912, 


Offensive Practices by Preachers. 


The common version says: "Give none offense. 
neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the 
church of God " (1 Cor. 10:32). 

The Revised Version : " Give no occasion of stiini- 
Wiino:, neither to the Jews, or Greeks, or to the church 
of God." 

Twentieth Century: "Do not cause offense either 
In the Jews or Greeks, or to the church of God." 

The morning after the intense contest of heated 
political hatred in Los Ang^eles, Dec. S last, a citizen, 
thou;?h a strangfer to the writer, said : " I'm a Chris- 
tian professor, believe the Bible ; but I will never again 
g-Q to Iiear a preacher who was perniciously active 
yesterday. Such left their holy calling and became 

The Bible text says: "Give Jio offense." Give no 
needless offense. No disciple of Jesus is commanded 
by the T-ord to get out and take a prominent part in 
anv ]")olitical or neighborhond contest where he knows 
he will lose his influence. It is hard enough, these 
days, to get hearers to the public assembly ; and to 
give needless offense, that keeps people away from 
the services of God. is a good deal insufficient in wis- 
dom. To assume that one must get info the contest. 
or things will go to pieces financially, is just no larger 
than the dollar: and many of the modern contentions 
are more over the dollar than over manhood. 

The assumption that a disciple of Jesus is not for- 
hiddcn to take part in political contests, is very dan- 
gerous. Gambling, horse-racing, card-playing, and 
other hurtful practices, are not forbidden directly, but 
they arc opposed In indirect scriptures, and by the 
Spirit of God. For over two centuries the Church of 
the Brethren, and some other bodies as well. have, by 
the Word and Spiril, counseled harmless and nonre- 
sistant li\"es in her members; and where these and oth- 
er holy princi^>les are observed, the great doctrine of 
nonconformify to the world gets great recognition and 
also becomes a power to God's cause. 

A well-ordered life has great values. No disciple 
ought to go beyond what Jesus would do if he were 
here. When he did grace the earth with liis personal 
presence, he observed the doctrine of harmlessness 
even to refusing a judgeship or to becoming a divider 
of goods where there was a dift'erence between two 
brothers (Luke 12; 14). What would he do. if he 
were here, as to becoming a particijiant between 
men ■ for mastery in official position ? " He that 
saith he ahideth in him ought himself also to walk, 
even as he walked" (1 John 2:6). "Love not the 
world, neither the things that are in the world" (1 
John 2: 15). 

Lns Angeles, Cal. 

Parental Influence on the Religious Trend 
of Our Children. 

liV R. E. KE5LER. 

I KNEW a father wiiose whole mind seemed to be 
set on getting wealth, who taught his boys to trade, 
to get the Ijetter of every Iiargain, to take advantage 
of every opportunity to get money. These boys would 
trade pencils, cards, slates, and knives in school, and 
would trade shoes, pants, and hats, out of school. As 
a result these boys grew up to be traders, schemers, 
tricksters and lovers of money, which "is a root of all 

Another mother, whose mind was fixed only on the 
material and social welfare of her daughters, was re- 
warded by having her girls early "in society" and 
keeping " company" long before the girls had passed 
the grades in school. As a result, those girls were 
married, and thrown upon the broad arena of life with 
its cares, trials and varied vicissitudes, without being 
of proper age, without needed experience, or educa- 
tion,— doomed to a life of servitude, toil and hard- 

In another home one of the parents was much inter- 
ested in the church. Whether it was the father or the 
mother that was just the opposite, does not change 

the case, but, at any rate, there was railing at the 
church, finding fault with every member except one, 
and there was always a position taken on the obstinate 
side. There was always a readiness to oppose any 
measure to build up the church, and a disposition to 
take the contrary side in all church work. As a re- 
sult only a few of the children united with tiio churcii ; 
the others grew up to disrespect and despise the 
church. They went off into infidelity, or sought mem- 
bership in other churches, and these parents wonder 

In another family both parents were not only mem- 
bers of the church, but deeply interested in all its ac- 
tivities. It was a rare occurrence for them to be ab- 
sent from Sunday-school, prayer meeting and the reg- 
ular preaching services. Of course the children went 
with them. These parents and children were not only 
regular attendants on the various services, but also 
ready to lend a helping hand to any worthy cause, or 
tX) furnish means to build up the church by contribu- 
tions, hearty cooperation, or acquiescence in the work 
of the church. As a result nearly all of those children 
became members and active workers in the church, 
and nobody wonders why. To which -of these fami- 
lies do you belong? 
River Bend. Colo. 

Let Your Light Shine. 


It was our blessed Master who said : " Let your 
light so shine before men, that they may see your good 
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 
We must have Jesus within us. Then we are in a 
position to be shining lights to all whom we meet. 

Once upon a time a young sister, whose father is 
a faithful elder in the Brethren church, left her home 
to visit a town in one ofthe States bordering on the 
Atlantic Ocean. It so happened that there were no 
plain people living in the town where she spent a 
week, visiting friends. This sister always had a smile 
for everybody. One day she entered a store in the 
town where she was \-isiting. As she entered, the 
clerks noticed her, as plain people are seldom seen at 
that place. A young lady clerk was attracted by the 
young sister's attire, and admired her cheerful coun- 
tenance. The lady clerk asked the sister where she 
Vwed, and they had a pleasant conversation. The lady 
clerk was so well pleased that she gave the young sis- 
ter-a beautiful present, and told her to take it home as 
a remembrance of her. 

We may all learn a lesson from this incident. This 
sister left her light shine. She was not ashamed to 
appear in plain attire in a town far away from her 
home, where plain people are seldom seen. There are 
many persons who admire plain people. Let us ever 
remember that our plain garb stands for something. 
Then, too, we all should be concerned about the un- 
saved. When we meet those who admire simplicity in 
attire, let us speak a few words to them about their 
soul's salvation. How often we could do some good 
in this way ! Let us remember that : 

" Down in the human lieart, 

Crushed by the tempter, 
Feelings he buried that grace can restore: 

Touched by a loving heart. 

Wakened by kindness. 
Chords that were broken will vibrate once more." 

Elicabcthtozvn, Pa. 



Music is an important part of worship, — one that, 
— effectually and rightly used, — is a means by which 
souls may be won for Christ. Should we not then, 
employ more consideration, as to the way and manner 
we use it in our services? 

Music is soothing to the troubled, it cheers the de- 
spondent, and comforts the sorrowing. It is the lan- 
guage of the soul, the medium of praise to our God. 

Harmony should characterize all our songs. Loud, 
irregular singing should be avoided, as it detracts the 
mind from the One whom we endeavor to praise. 

Gl end or a, Cal. 

Family Reunion. 


Brother and Sister C. C. THo^fpso^^ of Ganado. 
Texas, were made to rejoice during the Holiday week. 
when their children and otiier near relatives came 
flocking in from different States of the Union. They 
came from Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and 
Texas. \ye. regretted that the reunion was not com- 
plete, owing to the absence of three daughters and 
one son. On Christmas Day eighteeen of us partook 
of a bountiful feast, pre])ared by our dear aged par- 
ents. Father has now passed his seventy-sixth year, 
and mother her sixtieth. Both are enjoying good 
health, according to their age, except that father has 
suffered much during the last three months with his 
right eye, from which the sight is entirely gone. Some 
of us had not met for twenty-four years, and we cer- 
tainly did rejoice in each other's companionship! 
Coiiivay. Kans., Jan. i. 



The Coequal With God. 

John 1: 1-5. 

For Sunday Evening, January 28, 1912. 
" The Word Was God," 
I. In Duration of Existence.— (1) "In the beginning 
was the Word" (v. 1). (2) "Before Abraham was; 
I am" (8: 58). (3) Christ was "before all things" 
(Col. 1: 17). 
II. In Knowledge.— (1) He foretold his death and res- 
urrection (Matt. 20: 17-19). (2) Also the apostasy 
of Judas and Peter (John 13: 18, 38). (3) He knew 
the secrets of human lives (John 1: 48; 2: 25; 4" IS- 
13: 26). 

III. In Power.— (1) "Peace, be still" (Mark 4: 39). (2) 
"Be opened" (Mark 7: 34). (3) "Be thou clean" 
(Luke 5: 13). (4) "Come forth" (John 11: 43). 

IV. In Giving Gifts.— (1) "Living water" (John 4: 14). 

(2) "Flesh" (John 6: 51). (3) "An example" (John 
13:15). (4) "Comfort" (John 14: 16, 17). (5) "Glory" 
(John 17: 22). 
Note.— These things are' not said of the man Jesus, but 
of tliat which became tlie man Jesus. 
Song.— "We praise thee, O God!" 


The Absolute Security of the Believer. 

Psa. 91: 1-13. 

For Week Beginning January 2S, 1912. 

1. God's Loving Care for His People. — No nation was 
more highly blessed or more directly " under the shadow 
of the Almighty" than the Israelites, and this psahn, in 
part at least, describes God's abounding care during their 
wilderness wanderings. There was the pillar of cloud by 
day, and was not its shadow the symbol of the Divine 
Presence? What had they to fear when a thousand feit 
at their side and ten thousand at their right hand? Could 
not Moses, the great lawgiver, when, for forty days, he 
"dwelt in the secret place of the Most High," have felt 
those wonderful emotions, described in the first verse of 
this psalm? What an inspiration to God's trusting child 
of today, to attain to a like peace of mind and perfect 
trust (Psa. 46: 1-7)! 

2. The Security that God Offers tp His Own.- To gain 
access to the " secret places of the Most High." we do not 
need to climb to the mountain's top, like Moses, nor to 
lie down amid the green pastures or still waters, like Da- 
vid. God's angels will hover over us anywhere, " to keep 
us in all our ways." " The secret of the Lord is witb 
them that fear bim." No matter where God's children 
are, — the Eyes that never slumber nor sleep are. keeping- 
guard. " Who is he that will harm you if ye be followers of 
that which is good?" Wherever we lie down at night, 
God is there. Wherever we journey. God is near. The 
Lord is with his people, and it is their privilege to abide 
under the shadow of the Almighty (Psa. 25: 14; 1 Peter 
3: 12, 13). 

3. Security Comes Only to Those Who Seek It. — To be 

absolutely safe we need but fly to God for refuge, throw- 
ing ourselves into his protecting arms. A man out on tiie 
plains, with the avenger of blood, liot-breathed and 
bioody-minded, behind him, might believe, as much as he 
liked, that there would be safety for him within the walls 
of the City of Refuge, but unless he took to his heels 
without loss of time, the spear would be in his back be- 
fore he knew where he was. It is not the knowledge, that 
there is a City of Refuge, that gives security, but the get- 
ting safely inside the walls (2 Peter 1: 10, II). 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20. 1912. 



Had Fortune's Hand My Coffers Filled? 


Had fortune's hand mj'' coffers filled, 

With bounties rich and grand, 
And had I gems of plenteous worth, 

And gold at my command, — 

I'd build a home for friendless lads. 

Who Ucg from door to door, 
I'd crown their lives with such good cheer 

They need not wish for more; 

I'd gather all the homeless girls. 

And keep them pure and sweet. 
'Till naught of wickedness or vice. 

Could snare their untrained feet. 

My gilded doors should open wide, 

I'd clasp in warm embrace 
The little friendless boy and girl. 

And give to each a place. 

Around my cheerful fireside,. 

So cozy and so bright, 
Devoted wholly to their needs, 

Would be my chief delight. 
But since of wealth I've naught to give. 

My humble cot sliall glow 
With such a warmth of love, that all, 

Who from my door shall go. 
With deeper love for all mankind, 

With brighter hopes of heaven, 
With greater reverence for our God, 

To whom all praise be given! 
Auburn, Nebr. 

A Laodicean. 


" Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with 
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that 
thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, 
and naked" (Rev. 3: 17). 

"There goes Ben Heathcote! He has more holi- 
days than any other working man in this neighbor- 
hood. What's the reason?" 

"Don't know; never thought about it," rephed 
Charles Marlin, as he took up his dinner pail to go to 
the factory. " Perhaps he needs more holidays than 
the rest of us ; good-bye, Mary ; I must go to work." 

"Ben's wife was saying that he had a fine job and 
she mentioned several outings they meant to take this 
summer, but things look just about the same around 
there, and I am wondering a little about them." 

" I wouldn't. Mary; it's a bad habit to begin won- 
dering about your neighbors in that way. To set your 
mind at rest. I'll tell you now, that Ben is one of those 
men who are satisfied witii their job. He's not had a 
promotion for five years and his wife, too, is one of 
the easy-going sort. Ben ought to be the foreman in 
his department. He might have been once, but he 
never will be now. He'd rather stay where he is than 
work up to something better. Now I am off." And a 
good-bye kiss ended this explanation. 

And then we, who had overheard this little conver- 
sation, began wondering wt^y two contented people 
should not have a promotion in the family, and why 
the fact of their being satisfied had left them stranded 
on a certain level as it were. Dissatisfied people are 
usually restless, impatient and unhappy, and make 
those about them miserable. Surely, we do not need 
to become worried and ill-natured in order to suc- 
ceed? And then we realized that there is a great dif- 
ference between being dissatisfied and discontented, 
and being unsatisfied. Being unsatisfied implies a 
strong desire for something Iictter than we have 
known, although we may be submissi^■e and happy in 
our lot, while one who is dissatisfied is full of com- 
plainings and repinings which lead to nothing. A 
complacent acquiescence to our fate is as ruinous. 

We do not like dissatisfied people; they are usually 
ready to quarrel with Providence and their surround- 
ings. I have always thought of the man who looked 
at his talent and then mentally compared it with the 
five or ten that the lord had given to the other men as 
a weak faultfinder. He did not appreciate what his 
lord had gi^en. He may have noticed that the man 
with five talents was doing things, was working hard 

and enjoying his work, and then his one talent seemed 
In shrink in size until, in utter disgust and desponden- 
C}-, he took it out and buried it in the earth. He never 
wanted to see it again. 

The man with the one talent was no worse otT than 
the Laodicean who is not conscious of anv need. Thai 
is the most hopeless state. Nothing was so offensive 
and reprehensible in the Laodicean church, — which 
was neither hot nor cold, only comfortable, — as the 
conceited satisfaction with which it congratulated it- 
self upon the thought that it was rich and increased 
with goods and had need of nothing, while it was 
wretched and miserable, and" poor, and blind, and 
naked. It was this boastful attitude that was the of- 
fensive and hopeless thing. And sometimes we get 
some such ideas ourselves. We become inflated with 
vanity, and our o^vn possessions are greater aiul 
grander, in onr own eyes, than they really are. Wc 
pride ourselves upon our ability and think wc are 
capable of doing great things when any one of our 
neighbors could inform us of weaknesses which mar 
our work. No wonder, that Solomon, who knew the 
weaknesses of human nature, said, "Seest thou a man 
wise in his own conceit ? there is more hope for a fool 
than for him." 

Then we should not be satisfied with our surround- 
ings or our condition. An unsatisfied man is one who 
sees the narrow walls which hem him in, and who tries 
to g-et beyond them. He sees that by hard work and 
faithfulness he may achieve more than he now has, 
yet he is submissive to his lot, and believes that all 
things work together for good to them that love the 
Lord. Paul was unsatisfied, always there was some- 
thing more ahead that he was trying to grasp. After 
he had been at Jerusalem he felt that he nmst sec 
Rome also. He learned to be content in whatsoever 
state he was, but the tentmaking only served to sup- 
port him while he taught the Gospel of Jesus to the 
jjeople of Corinth and other place?. Beaten with many 
stripes, yet he writes of his desire that the churches 
may be built up in this most holy faith, and all the 
blackness of prison dungeons was not sufficient to 
make him forget a single church in which he had la- 
bored: he prayed and wrought for the souls of men 
miccasingly. ?Te was a thoroughly unsatisfietl man 
and could not rest while there remained a good which 
he iiad not attained, or a blessedness of which his peo- 
ple were unaware. 

The world owes its progress to the unsatisfied. It 
is they who find or make a better way. What is a 
poor man ? It is a man whose hard work, from day 
to day. provides just enough to feed In'mself, clothe 
himself and slielter himself. That's all he can do. He 
is obliged to buckle down (o earn enough to keep the 
animal part of himself ali\'e. He should not be con- 
tented if he has tlie strength to do more than that. 
It's always right for a man to be contented when he 
can't help himself, but when it is possible to do more 
lie should be ambitious enottgh to do it. 

" I thank thee Lord, for strength of arm 
To win my bread. 
And that beyond my need is meat 

For friend unfed. 
I thank thee much for bread to live; 
I thank thee more for bread to give." 

Covington, Ohio. 



not send any mnre girls' rlothlnp (o thp foioreit Ilonnf?. Ex- 
planation will appear later. We are mttch In need of clothing 
for boys, ranging from six to elxtei.-n years of age. We are 
very ttiankfiil to those wlio have so kindly and liberally re- 
sponded to our call for help. Certainly all that Have con- 
tributed to the gifts tliat have added so much to the happi- 
ness and comfort of the children, would feel well repaid tf 
tliey could visit the Home and be present at our devotional 
exercises, and see what an active part the children taite, and 
hffLV them pray God's blessings upon ail those that are Inter- 
ested in their welfare. — H. C. Long, Superintendent, .Arvada, 
Colo.. Jan. 7. 

S1TSH CBEEK, O^O. — The following Is the report of our 
Aid Society for the year 1911: Wo have, at present, eighteen 
members and held thirteen meetings, with ;in av-^r.'ige attend- 
ance of ten. Our work consisted of quilling, making comforts, 
aprons, bonnets and rug-s. At our December meeting we held 
our annual election, choosing as president. SiKter Maria 
Stoner; vice-president, Sister L-lzzlc Bagwell; secretary and 
treasurer. Sister Anna Stoner; assistant secretary. Si-ster Lilly 
Adcock. We donated, during the year. $39.50 to th(? following 
pla-^es: To our new church. $25; Clrclevllle church. $5: Indi- 
viduals, S4.50. We received during the year, from different 
sources, SS3.39; spent, in ail, $40.44. leaving a balance of $13.35. 
— Olive Bagwell, Secretary, Bremen, Ohio, Jan. 8. 

MEDICINE LAKE. MONT.— Our Aid Si.olety had it-; fir>^t 
mcelinL,'. OmcTs v.vr,' . l,.,-i.',i as follnwa: Sister .T. K. Keller. 
V.rosi,l..i,t: Slvt..,- i'h:x\w,r lUUley. vlo.-presldcnt : Sister Alice 
H.iluos. s.n-ntnry; SlsUi' M. L. Williams, tron^uper. At our 
first meeting wc enrolled ton members, and quilted all day. 
Tlio olTeiing wa.s $1,45. Tho society la now prepared to make . 
mnyer coverings. Thoro are only a few of ns, and we are try- 
ing to do as Rod may dlrert thiousli lii- Kiiidancc.— Mrs I K 
Ki-n.-r, Knlcrpvlse. Mont.. Ho.-. 2S. 


aflernoon, IVr. IMl, llf l.iuli,-s- ,\!rt Snol.-iv of U,^ ahnvc Dis- 
trict held a ntost Inteiesllng niul i>>l.- mooting at Co- 
vlna, Cal, Tlio number present. con«lstInK of tinth women and 
mon, was quite Rratifylng. The writer was nnUeotcd presi- 
dent: Sister Lottie Neher, of Ingtowood, aecretni-y; Sitter 
Hattie Y. Gilbert, of Los Angeles. Cnl.. r<>nd n most excel- 
lent i^.nper on the subject of "The Church's Kosponslbllitv 
Towards Charity and Fallen T-IuinanUy," A commlttoe wni 
appolntod to Investigate In regard to startliiK rescue mission 
work in Ivos Angeles. Tt was decided to hnv.' each aodl- 
ety of this nistrlct rontrlhnle live dollars, or mure, towanl 
"The Wl(low.s' Hou\e" In Indljv At the closi- of the nieotlng 
the fovhia TM.lleO Aid Snel-ty nav.- a free lunch lo all pres- 
ent.— I^clllh K.'ini, Presl.lent; Flora JO. TeaRUi-, Soeretarv. 
Jan. .f. 

SUOAR CREEK. OHIO.— Thiv following l« llie report of the 
Sisters' and Friends' Aid Soeloly during the year lElll: We 
iiokl seventeen meetings, with an average nttendanee of nev- 
cntoen. The work of one moeling was donated to a worthy 
slater, The work of another meotlng was donated to the 
church. In the way of sewing carpet and mnldng tahleoloths, 
Our work eonsMts of Itnottlng cnmforts*. nialtlng prayer cov- 
erings, anil wearing a.pparel. We recMved SSI, 10; nninunl paid 
out, SG3.3[i: received for blilli.liv .irr. , li,.' ■, nr.x ,n,i.MMi ,.r 

donations, $fl. 78. A box of >'l !■.■ -imI ,„,,, .,;,i (,, ,, -■ 

, ter in Wisconsin, and two l... . ..■ ,:..i...,,. i,, n,,. , i,,, i,.. 

Mission. Wo have $10 in lln' ii. i">ii \ I'li.. i-ii-^n im- ,.iii,',.| . 
were elected for six monllis; .Sl-il,'i- Mmv V'hvnirli.T. pn-il- 
deni: til.' writer, seeretnry-treasurer. We feel that our offort^i 
will be l.l.-ssed In helping tlie unfortiiiuite.— Joe Ftirlv. n. n. 
S, Kox -12, Lima. Ohio, .Ian. li. 

HOWARD, IND.— ThP Slstor.s' Aid Society of this eliiirch 
mot Doc. (1. After a prayer service, coinluoted by the presi- 
dent, SiPter Cora Bruhaker, llie report of the work was rend. 
Fifteen meetings were lielil iluriuii tlie viir. with an 
atteiKlanco of nine, W'e .pilH.-.l lw> quill-., pieced I wo qiillts, 

made one comforter and lwrnl,\'-(' ■ pniyiT coverlnKH. We 

donated elotlilng to llin tnla-jjoa nt Denver. Colo, Money re- 
ceived by collection and I'or work done hv the Hooletv. "with 
balanco from la<*t year, S4I.I1S. of wliii-h $1-1,02 was iiMed |.i 
purchase good,-). Wo denl $10 in the Inilliinnimlls Mla^lnn. 
and ?r> to the church at Ulver Bond. Colo,, to ahl in building 
a churclihousn at that idace. loiivlng a balance of $1-1, "tl. The 
following omcers were elected for Ihe anmlng vetir: Sister 
Ida Urulinker. preHjdent; SlNler I'Ollti Sinli. viee-pre-ldent; Sls- 
Cnldlo Henry. seerelni-y-tri>a.'«iu-er.— Klla Sink. Knppa. Ind,, 



SUQAB BTDas, MIOH.- -RlBtcrs and frlemlM of tlio Sugar 
nirleo church iii.t willi Sl-der Clara KIntner In an nll-dav 
s-oaslon Nov. 2.1. inul succeeded In rc-orgiiii1'/,lng the Socii'l,\' 
and adopting n new conMlltntlon and by-Iiiwfl, Our lllMi' 
li:ind numbers Jievcntcen, Wn, meet In n-guhn' HcM-^ton on tin' 
first Wednesday nf each month, at Ihe lioinn of one of Ihr 
niomliers. Tlie Society is endcavorliig to riilsi' funrlt now tn 
carpet tiie church and buy new wltulow MluidcH. The Hlater 
entertaining tho Society pays lo the Society Wo much for each 
garment or artlolo Hewed for her. or the day li spfqit In .sew- 
ing articles for llie Society, to li.. HOld. Tmlny Sister Mary 
Teeter entertained tlic Society and three irirge MiiekH of cloth- 
ing were made, ready to «end to MIhsIoum in Chicago and ICan- 
k:is rilv, The free-will on'r-rlng (Hid Pew uiernlierMlilp fees. 
tiidin-, nrnounl.'il In Sii.fiN.— Slsler Pariili Moliler. Pre.nlilcnl: 
PIstiq- [''lo ItiinuM^i' IDirler. Hecndnry, Cii-dir. Mich,, .run, :i. 

HICKORY GROVE, OHIO.— Our Slfter'i' Aid Society met In 
regular meeting* Dec. '2] for rciorgrtiilzal ion, which resulted 
In clecling Slstoi- Fannie Neher iia pre^ldoni; Sinter Maggie 
Ml stigma n, vlce-proaldont: Sister KHIn Peter.-i, sccrelary; 
Sl'iter Flla llrunihaugh, troimurcr; SlHhrM Susie Cnppock and 
Nancy Sncil. superinteiKlonlf- TIu' anclely I'eeta very much 
encouraged with Us work during llie iiasl year, having held 
twenty-flvo mootln«n. wKli im averiige coIlecUon of fi.'iti plus, 
and an avcrago atiirulm i ■[ I'm During the yefir wi> sent 

away one box of k i .i.ii ■ valued tit $111,10. and one 

box of winter clollnn i ■: jn'3. be^ldea $:;0 In money 

which wo sent to tin' iiii.r inc inisMlonM, Our collnctlouH 

during tho past year no nl.'.l l.i $5(1.41). W.- ipenl $'ia,1.1. 

This li-avcB $11. OS In the treasury wllh which to «tart the 
new year. We hope and pray tluit Ood will direct and blc«H 
the efforts of this church. — Clnda Noher, R. D. 1. Tippecanoe 
("■ity. Ohio. .Ian. 1. 

MOUND, MO.— Tlic following Is the riM^nrl of our Slileis' 
Aid Soclfltv (luring tiie year cndlni' Oct. 1, 1!)11: Our soelely 
reorganized Oct. 12, 1910, wllh SIhI.t S.'.llle Tili.rh.T, prenldenl; 
Hlsler nr-lili. l':uo'i, vlei'-|,iv .id^MM; III.' wiiliv ■'.I cl/irv Ir.'/,- 




, ilh 

Ing. We h.iv.. an ei 
tendance of elglit. Wi- have mad- .d.'ven rornrnrtH and 
idglily-two new garment^. Wo did not keep an ltcml;icd ae- 
count of the old garments dlspo.ved of. Wc dnnaled two days' 
Hew'lng for tho noedy at home and sent one bundle of gondK 
lo the St. Joseph Mission, Tho remainder of Hie K'>Ofl« wai 
sent to the Kant-aH f;ity fMlsnourl) cliurcb. We had cash nii 
hand Oct. 1. 1010. to the amount of $10, 7R; ea-*!! received by 
donations for work don(^ S'JO.O.I; total for Ihe year, $3!). .''I: 
exijcndlture^ for tlie year, $2f)fll; balance on hand Ocl. 1. 
1011. amounting to $10.20. — nesslu Knos, Bccrctary-trenMurer. 
Adrian, Mo., .Ian. 8. 

StnmvnTVIl.l.E, ind.— 'Wc held forly-Hlx inertlngs. Fli;ht 
•if liu'ii' wi-T<' all-day se-inlon-*. Fr"<'-wlll offerlngji for the 
y.;ir ,-unounl.'il lo Iin.H, or :in average of forty <-ent8 for 
iji'li m.etltig Our work consisted Tnoslly of piecing quilts, 
knnlllng comforts and Jtcwlng by the day, for which we re- 
i-.-lved $1 per day. We received JM.fiO for work done, and 
served lunch at two sab"*, clearing $11.44 from Ihe same; 
total. $47.59. Wc Spent $10.20 for ciothe.n for ' children, so 
thai they could attend Sunday-school; $2,R5 for Ico cream 
for the Sunday-school; gave $2,50 to North Manchester Col- 
lege; $2.50 to Ihe St. Joseph Mission, $3.50 for Me'tsengers. 
and a few other expenses amounting to $G3.3o. We had on 
hiind, -Tt the beginning of Ihe year, $48.44. A balance of 
$51.50 W In the trea><ury, SNler Mary Dalr. our vlce-presl- 
rlonl, v/a« called from us In September. Sister Ella ITatcher 
wa-4 chosen to Oil the vacancy. Otiier officers rem.iln the 
same, — Grace Hlatt. R. D. 2C. Summltvlile. Ind., Jan. 7. 

EKK BUN. VA — Our Aid Society met Dec, 2. and as we 
decided to reorganize, and start In with the new year, we 
have only seven months' work to report for the past year. 
Our new" oITlcer'* are Sister Kathcrlnc Showalter. president: 
Sister Sarah Zlgler. vice-president; Sister EMle' Harvey, sec- 
retary; Sister Ida Harvey, treasurer. During the past seven 
months wo had an (•nrollnu-nt of twenty-four members. We 
met ftevcn times, with an average attendance of eleven. 
Amount of money carried over from last year was $2S.17; 
eollertlon.'J for seven months. $14.32; donations received In 
goods valued at $3 55: part of them was sold, to the amount 
of $1.05; remainder In goods on hand. Received for qutlts. 
comforts, prayer coverings and other things sold. $43.70: 
total amount received. $87.33. Amount paid out for seven 
months for goods, f^arkin goods, helping to build and repair 
churches, etc., $77.81. Goods on hand valued at $15.00. Cash 
on hand, $9.52.— Ida Harvey, R. D. 1, ChurchvHlo, Va., Jan, 2 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 

The Gospel Messenger 

Official Orgun of t&e Ohnroh of me Biethxttn. 

A Religious Weekly 


Brethren Publishing House 
publishing agent general mission board. 

16 TO 2* South State Street, Elgin', Illinois. 


Editor. D. L. Miller. 

Office Editor, J. H, Moore. 

Assistant, L. A. Plate. 

CorreBpo&ding- Editors. 

H. B. Biumbauffli Huntinsdoii, Pa. 

H. C. Early Penn Laird. Va. 

Grant Mahan Omaja, Cuba. 

Business Manager, R. E. Arnold. 

Advisory Conmiittee. 
S. N. McCann, G. W. Lentz, P. R. Keltner. 

^*A11 busines.s and com muni cation a inltnded for (lie paper should 
be addressed to Uie UKETHREN PUBI,ISinNG HOUSE. EI,GIN, ILL., 
and not to any individual connected wiOi it. 

Entered at Uie Post Office atElfiin, III., as Second-class Matter, 

Tiiii Bible Institute at McPherson, Kans., proved to 
be a spiritual uplift, being attended by forty visitors. 

The new church at New Dale, in the Linnville 
Creek congregation, Va., will be dedicated next Lord's 

On page 43, this issue, Sister Emma Horning has 
an article concerning the situation in China, that will 
be read with interest. 

There is a inovemeiit on foot to divide the laige 
Linville Creek ciiurch, Rockingham Co., Va., into 
two or more congregations. 

The Waterloo chuixh, Iowa, has in contemplation 
the erection of a new church in the country. A meet- 
ing has been called to consider plans. 

Turn to your Brethren Almanac, page 33, and un- 
der "Ohio" enter A. L. Klepinger for Ft. McKinlev. 
and L. A. Bookwallcr for Lower Stillwater. 

On Saturday of tliis week Bro. D. C. Flory, of 
Virginia, begins a series of meetings in the Spring 
Creek congregation at the Annville house, Pa. 

During some evangelistic work in the Clear Water 
church, Idaho, by Bro. J. Harman Stover, three ap- 
plied for membership and four were restored to fel- 

We learn that the missionaries, lately sent to China, 
are to remain at Tien Tsin all winter, and should be 
addressed at 25 Dickinson Road. A letter to China 
requires five cents postage. 

After a little rest Bro. James Hardy, of 302 South 
Baltimore Street, Kansas City, Kaus., finds his health 
greatly improved, and he is now ready to aid any 
church desiring his services in a series of meetings. 

Our correspondent at Daleville, Va., tells us that 
the members in that place are in the midst of a glori- 
ous Bible term, and that, under the influence of the 
earnest preaching by Bro. Geo. W. Flory, of Coving- 
ton, Oliio. ten persons have applied for membership. 

Considering the cold weather, — twenty-two and 
twenty-four degrees below zero,— the special Bible 
term at Nortli Manchester College, Ind., is being well 
attended, and the spirit is excellent. Up to last Sun- 
day evening there were nine applicants for member- 
ship, and the revival services, along with the special 
Bible work, continue. 

Our patrons ]ia\-e read what Bro. H. C. Early had 
to say last week on the school problem. This week 
Bro. J. M. Blough, of India, makes a brief reference 
to the same subject. It is a question that has deeply 
concerned many of our best thinkers for some years, 
and for the first time it is now brought squarely be- 
fore our readers. There is more in it than many 
have been led to think, and what is being said will 
doubtless interest all of our schoolmen, as well as 
some others who know little of the inside workings of 
our educational institutions. 

Bro. G. E. YoDEi^ is now engaged in a series of 
meetings in the Shady Grove church. Pa., the congre- 
gation in which the late Bro. William A. Anthony re- 
sided. His absence from these meetings is keenly felt. 
In fact, he seems to be greatly missed in the whole ter- 
ritory in which he labored as a minister and an elder. 

Writing from Lewistown, Pa., Bro. W. R. Miller 
tells us that he has been having some very pleasant 
times with Bro. Andrew Spanogle, wlio is now eighty- 
nine years old, and almost as spry as a man of sixty. 
Two daugl:ters take loving care of their aged father, 
and a few days ago accompanied him to Florida, to 
spend the remainder of the winter. 

The Bible Institute at Blue Ridge College, Md., an- 
nounced for Feb. 18 to 25, comes a little later this year 
than usual, but this was rendered necessary on ac- 
count of securing the services of Bro. I. S. Long and 
wife. Bro. Long was a member of the college faculty 
befoi'e going to India. No detailed program has been 
arranged, but those who attend the Institute are as- 
sured a week of good things. 

Bro. G. W. Burgin, who is working under the aus- 
pices of the District Mission Board of Southern Iowa, 
seems to know how to go about city work and make a 
success of it. He spent three years at Ottumwa, where 
sixty were added to the church by confession and bap- 
tism, and is now investigating the situation at Burling- 
ton, Iowa, with a view of starting a inission in that 
city. In his work he is ably assisted by his wife. 

In Greensburg, Pa., there is a sinall body of mem- 
bers who know no failure. A few years ago they set 
themselves to the task of building up a church in their 
city. They erected a small, unpretentious building in 
wliich they met to worship, and made the very best of 
the situation until they could raise money for a better 
house. Tliis house Is now practically completed, and 
is to be dedicated Feb. 11, Bro. C. C. Ellis delivering 
the address. It is said that thirty-two have been bap- 
tized since the work began, and, judging from what 
we can learn, every member in the little band can be 
counted on to do his or her best for the Church of the 
Brethren in Greensburg. Place a band of workers 
like this in every city in the country, and live missions 
and active churches would spring up so fast that the 
District Mission Boards could hardly keep track of 

The Camden church, Ind., is anxious to have the 
people, living within the bounds of the congregation, 
read the Messenger, and recently sent the names of 
eleven nonmembers, with instructions that the paper 
))e forwarded to them. Ten of these subscriptions 
were paid by the missionary treasurer. In this con- 
nection we are asking all our patrons carefully to read 
the short editorial, headed, " An Experience with a 
Church Paper." found on page 42, this issue. We be- 
lieve that most of our people have not yet learned the 
real value of a church paper. Should each of the nine 
hundred congregations in the Brotherhood raise suffi- 
cient money to place ten copies of the Messenger in 
families where there are no members, in their respec- 
tive neighborhoods, more good would probably be ac- 
complished than by the use of that much money in 
evangelistic work. 

Under date of Dec. 4 Sister Sadie J. Miller writes 
us from Singapore, south of China, saying that so far 
she had been delighted with her sea voyage. She had 
the pleasure of stopping at Shanghai, and also at 
Hong Kong, and at each place was kindly received 
and pleasantly entertained by the foreign missionaries. 
At Hong Kong she was prevailed on to deliver an ad- 
dress and was agreeably surprised to see how eagerly 
the missionaries and others present sought information 
regarding the work in India. Referring to her ex- 
])erience as a tra^■eler, she says that one year ago, 
when she left India, she had no thought of ever going 
around the world alone, but finds it not a difficult 
tiling to do, and she would not hesitate to do it a 
second time. Nine days after writing she should have 
been in Calcutta, where she had arranged to meet her 
sister, Eliza B. Miller. 

Hundreds of the Messenger readers will be pained 
to learn of the death of Bro. Samual B. Fahnestock, 
for over twenty years Professor of the Commercial 
Department. AlcPherson College, Kans. lie suffered 
an attack of heart failure while swimming in the surf 
at Long Beach, Cal, Jan. 9, and drowned before help 
could reach him. His body was recovered by the life 
guards. He had been suffering from heart weakness 
for some years, and, accompanied by his wife, went 
to Long Beach five months ago. Bro. Fahnestock, at 
the time of his death, was past sixty years of age, was 
a man of fine literary ability, and possessed rare quali- 
ties as a business man. 

The Herald of Gospel Liberty, organ of the Chris- 
tian (New Light) church, thinks there are too many 
"societies." "movements" and "secretaries" in the 
church, and that the expense is becoming unendurable. 
The editor says: " We are getting too much of it, and 
unless something is done there is going to be a revolt." 
It is simply a case of over-organization, — an evil with 
which a number of denominations are afflicted. There 
is such a thing as oi-ganizing an institution to death. 
We have an editorial on "Over-Oi^ganization," already 
in type, that we hope to find rooin for in the next is- 
sue. There is even danger of our getting too. much 
machinery in our church work. 

Bro. J. A. Long, of York, Pa., writes that the Com- 
mittee of Arrangements for the coming Annual 
Meeting is having its share of disappointments. First 
was the death of Bro. William Anthony, who was ex- 
pected to render much valuable assistance. Recently 
the brother selected to superintend the cooking depart- 
ment met with an accident and is disabled. On last 
Saturday evening another disappointment came in the 
death of Bro. Samuel Aldinger, who died of a stroke 
of paralysis. He was a member of an important com- 
mittee and president of the bank that was to have 
served the Conference. But in spite of these discour- 
agements, Bro. Long says, the preparations are being 
pushed and everything will be made ready for the 
meeting in good time. 

The January number of the Missionary Visitor 
contains some interesting articles, dealing mainly with 
problems in India. Bro. J. M. Blough has an article 
of unusual importance, headed "A Bible School for 
India." He discusses the necessity of such an insti- 
tution, and then proceeds to set forth the plan for es- 
tablishing and maintaining the school. As we view it, 
this is the most advanced step ever taken regarding 
mission work in any of our foreign fields. The school 
is needed for the purpose of educating and training 
native workers. In fact, it ought to have been started 
ten years ago, and by this time we might have scores 
of well-infoi-med and well-indoctrinated native work- 
ers, properly equipped for a class of work among their 
own people that can not be done by American mission- 
aries. Bro. Plough's article is to appear in the Mes- 
senger, and we are certain that it will be read with 
more than ordinary interest. 

The "Old Sandstone, "-one of the most noted land- 
marks of Northern Illinois, the oldest building of 
Mount Morris College, was destroyed by fire last 
Monday. We are not told how the fire originated, but 
it seems to have cleaned out all the woodwork of the 
grand Old Sandstone. The students and town people 
fought the devouring flames heroically, but to no avail. 
Some of the students saved their belongings, while 
others lost everything they had in the building. The 
citizens immediately opened their homes for the stu- 
dents, and they are now properly housed and ready 
for work. The flames had hardly died away until 
plans for a new building were being discussed. A 
mass meeting was called for the same evening, and 
steps are to be taken for the erection of a greatly im- 
proved structure. Now is the time for all the friends 
of the "Old Sandstone" to come to the rescue, and 
sec to it that the means are furnished to construct a 
building that will be a credit to the interests that it is 
intended to represent. Bro. J. E. Miller, President of 
the school, wires us that class work is moving right 
along, and everything necessary is being done to 
bridge over the situation. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 

Our correspondent at Chico, Cal., says that six have 
been added to the church at that place since last re- 
port In other ways the congregation is increasing in 
number, as nine were recently received by letter. 

A Clear Head on Doctrine. 

One of our ministers in a very interesting letter 
says-: " If there is anything that I am clear on, re- 
specting the rites of the church, it is the design of 
baptism." He then states that some people become 
confused by regarding baptism as an ordinance in the 
church, when it is really an ordinance of the church, 
and by Divine autliprity has been placed at the en- 
trance of the church. Our brother's head is clear on 
the point he makes, especially when he goes on to 
state that baptism is something required of the peni- 
tent believer in order to be saved, while the ordinances 
of the house of God are intended for those desiring to 
remain in the saved state. The sinner believes, re- 
pents, confesses Christ and is baptized that his sins 
may be blotted out and that he may enter the church 
as a new-born creature. After entering the church he 
is in a saved state. He is born of the water and of 
the Spirit, and by virtue of this new birth becomes a 
child of God, an heir in the household of faith, and 
the promise of the life eternal is his. But in order to 
grow in grace, to build up spiritual strength and to 
prove his loyalty to the kingdom, certain duties are 
laid upon him, in addition to those relating solely to 
the moral side of life. There are ordinances that must 
be oi)served. These may be designated as ordinances 
iin the churcii, for the reason that they have been set 
apart solely for the saved, or for those who are in 
the church and numbered with the believers. To 
snake a clear distinction between the things to be done 
Sn order to enter the church, and those that must be 
^(ione after one enters the church, is a matter that 
should not be overlooked when attempting rightly to 
divide the Word of Truth. Making clear the distinc- 
tion between being saved from past sins, when the 
penitent sinner is baptized for the remission of sins, 
and being saved in the final kingdom, when life's bat- 
tle is ended, will help thousands to understand the 
New Testament plan of salvation all the better. Some 
preachers do not make these points clear in their ad- 
dresses on the conditions of pardon and salvation, and 
for that reason the minds of many are confused. 
There is nothing like having a clear conception of the 
Word of Truth. 

very small income, one may lind it necessary to re- 
strict his giving, for a year or more, to half of the 
tenth. The law of the New Testament, in this par- 
ticular, is flexible, adapting itself to the varying indi- 
vidual conditions, and for that reason is better than 
wliat is regarded as the Mosaic system. The only 
thing tliat can be said against the New Testament law 
of giving is one's failure to live up to it. If those 
professing the Christian religion would live up to this 
new and greatly-Improved law as they should, the 
Lord's treasury would be supplied witli more money 
than could possibly be produced by the tithe system. 
The New Testament system is a decided improvement 
o\'er the Mosaic system, but It is not taught and car- 
ried out as the Holv Ghost intended it should be. 

The Law of Giving, 

A CORRESPONDENT wishes to be informed whether 
the giving of one-tenth of one's Income for religious 
work is a provision of the Mosaic law, or a New Tes- 
tament requirement. The giving of one-tentli was a 
custom that prevailed among the Lord's people prior 
to A'loses, and yet it was incorporated in the Mosaic 
law and became a part of the law by which tlie Jew- 
ish people were governed during the old dispensation. 
The law was not brought over to the new dispensation, 
and for that reason is no part of the Gospel regulating 
giving under Christ. There has been a change of dis- 
pensations, a change in the priesthood, and of necessity 
we must look for a change in the law. Before Christ, 
the people who worshiped God were under Moses, he 
being their lawgiver, but now we are under Christ, 
and by his words we are governed. We are no more 
under the law, but under grace, that Is, under the 

For the new dispensation a new law of giving has 
been instituted. It may mean one-tenth of our in- 
come, or it may mean less, and at times it may mean 
more. We are instructed to give as the Lord has 
prospered us (1 Cor. 16: 2). We are also told that 
" the Lord loveth a cheerful giver." By these and 
other Scriptures we are instructed to give cheerfully 
and willingly as the Lord has prospered us. Under 
this law of giving there are those who give more than 
twice as much as was required by the old law. It 
made no difference how much a man's income was, 
during the old dispensation, his duty was to give only 
the one-tenth. Not so under the Gospel. The man 
who gives as he has been prospered, may sometimes 
find it his duty to give half of all he makes. Then. 
on the other hand, in case of sickness, losses and a 

Among the Churches in California. 

This winter finds us again in the Golden State, the 
land of sunshine and flowers, These are here, but 
tills has been an unusually cold winter, with much 
frost and ice In evidence. The mercury has estab- 
lished a new record by running down from ten to 
fourteen degrees below freezing. Young and tender 
orange trees have suftered to some extent from tiic 
freeze. The oldest inhabitant iias not known a colder 

From Ogden, Utah, to Modesto and Empire, our 
first stopping places in California, the journey was 
made over the Southern Pacific railway. In these 
days one is made to wonder what new things the fu- 
ture is to bring forth in the way of comfort and con- 
venience in railway travel. We now have electric- 
lighted, sleam-heated, steel car trains, — sleeping com- 
partments, dining room, shower bath, barber shop. 
stenographer, ladies' maid, manicure, and hairdresser 
all at your service, if you desire to use them, as you 
speed your way across the continent. It would seem 
that the maximum of comfort and luxury In travel by 
rail has been reached, 

Immediately after leaving Ogdeii, the train crosses 
the celebrated Salt Lake "cut-off." The stretch of 
water crossed is thirty miles in extent and here is 
found one of the remarkable feats of engineering of 
this remarkable age. Eighteen miles of the distance 
has been made by filling In the lake, and twelve miles 
by piles driven down to a solid foundation, on which 
the heavy timbers, xross-ties and track are laid. While 
crossing the lake by rail,— part of the time out of sight 
of land, — the thought came to mind, What is to hin- 
der the engineers from constructing a railway across 
Bering Strait, and making a trip by rail from Paris 
to New York possible? We are living in an age of 
wonderful progress. Three years ago the writer said, 
in these columns, that the day would come when men 
would fly across the continent, and already Rogers, 
starting at New York, has winged his way through the 
air to the Pacific Ocean during the last half of the 
old year. The Bering Sea project is one of the pos- 
sibilities of the twentieth century. 

At Empire we tarried nearly three weeks and had 
a most enjoyable and blessed time in meeting with 
God's people In this recently-organized and rapidly- 
growing church. This is now the home of Eld. S. F. 
Sanger, and his home was ours while at Empire. 
Brother and Sister Sanger, and their daughter, Vesta, 
did all in their power to make our stay pleasant, and 
they made us feel that we were members of their 

The Empire church has had a phenomenal growth. 
Eld. Jacob Deardorff, the bishop in charge, settled 
here three years ago and about that time we visited 
with them. Then there were only four families of 
our members at the place. Now, after the close of a 
blessed series of meetings, with twenty-three acces- 
sions, the membership numbers two hundred and thir- 
teen. They have a six thousand dollar house of wor- 
ship and more elders and ministers than they need. 
Sixteen States and one foreign land are represented 
in the membership of the Empire church. It will re- 
quire grace, tact and ability to mould the body into a 
unit, working together for the Lord. This has already 
been largely accomplished and is the occasion of much 
rejoicing. The Brethren, for the most part, seem well 
satisfied with their surroundings. ^ 

At this place, as at scores of others on the Coast, 
the wisdom of colonization is shown. This subject 
lias often been discussed In these columns, and the 
only excuse for another reference to it is its impor- 
tance, and what it has done in building up churches of 
the Brethren in all parts of the western States. We 
heartily approve of movements of this kind, for each 
new colony becomes the center of church activity, and 
new churches arc soon organized. Already the Brethren 
at Empire are reaching out into new territory, and a 
church will doubtless soon be organized at Dcnair, 
nine miles away. At Patterson a church has been or- 
ganized, and so the good work goes on. May God's 
blessings attend it. A word of caution is also neces- 
sary. In selecting land for colonies great care should 
be taken. In many places the water supply is insufiii- 
cient. and alkali and hard pan abound, making the land 
almost worthless. Even in (he best locations alkali 
may be found, and care should be taken in selecting 
land for a home. 

A few days were spent very pleasantly at tlie home 
of Bro. E. M. Cobb at Raisin City. This is also one 
among the prosperous colonics of our people. The 
I)lace has Improved rapidly and the church has pros- 
pered and grown. At a recent meeting, at which Bro. 
Cobb did the preaching, twenty-two united with the 
church. The membership is now one hundred and 
twenty-five. A new house of worship has been re- 
cently erected, the members are well satisfied, and 
peace and prosperity arc found among them. 

At Fresno a stop was made to look over the city, 
see the proposed site for the Conference when it goes 
to Northern California, and to visit the Fresno church. 
About one dozen members live In the city, and the 
work Is In the hands of the District Mission Board. 
Bro. A. B. Bowman, of Wcnalchce, Wash., Is to have 
L-harge of the work, and Is probably there now. 

At the Reedley church, Eld. J. J. Browcr, bishop in 
charge, a series of meetings was in progress, Bro. D. 
W. Crist conducting the services, and the Lord blessed 
the work. Some were added to the churcIi. The 
membership at Reedley is now about one Inindred and 
fifty. Here the writer had the pleasure of visiting a 
maternal aunt, Sister Rebecca Price, now in her 
eightieth year; also Eld. D. L. Forney and family, our 
former missionaries to India. The pleasure of meet- 
ing these dear ones again was mutual, and not soon to 
be forgotten. We also enjoyed a very pleasant visit 
with Kid. Samuel Haldcman and wife, whom we have 
known for many years. These aged saints are now 
in their ninety-second year, I felt rather boyish, when 
Bro. Samuel told me that he and his wife united with 
the church before my birth, and that they were mar- 
ried seventy years ago the coming August, the year 
I first saw the light of day. It was a benediction to 
meet with these saints, and hear from their lips evi- 
dences of God's goodness. They were both in fairly 
good health, and may yet have more years to live in 
this world before the Father calls them home. 

Meetings are now in progress at Pasadena, with 
good attendance and marked interest. May the Lord 
graciously bless the effort to the salvation of souls! 

D. L. M. 

The Abominable Thing. 

TiiEkE arc a great many things that are abominable 
in the sight of God, and should be also in the sight of 
men. If you were to ask what they are, we can an- 
swer the whole catalogue of them in the one word. 
"Siiv" And if we were to define sin, we might do it 
by saying; It is the negation of righteousness, for such 
it Is. All unrighteous men and women are sinners, 
pure and simple ; and all unrighteous things are sinful, 
no matter how they look, or what they be, and yet, 
how anxious the world today is to keep it, as a subject 
for thought or discussion, in the background. Don't 
think about it; don't talk about it; keep it out of the 
pulpit, as it is in bad taste to talk about It,— not popu- 
lar. It only makes people feel bad. It Is unpopular 
and vet the most popular thing of the day. It is being 
flashed before you in large letters on almost every 
page of many of our daily papers, emblazoned m at- 
tractlA-e style on public posters along the highways, on 
vacant lots, barn-sides, outbuildings and everywhere. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 

where it is possible to show it to the public gaze, to 
induce and corrupt the minds and hearts of the young, 
as well as of old. But it is done largely under the 
guise of harmless amusements, 

Tliere never has been a time when so much effort 
to popularize sin, — to place an innocent and attractive 
face upon sin, — has been made. There is a growing 
disposition on the part of many to deny the ver}' ex- 
istence of sin. They would gladly expunge the word 
from the human vocabulary, or banish its use from 
human society, and especially from the Christian pul- 

Not long since a very prominent novel writer, on 
meeting a friend on the street, said: "Well, I just 
came home from church. I felt that it would be a 
good place to go, to while away some of my spare 
time in listening to a good sermon. And do you be- 
lieve it? Instead of giving something pleasant and en- 
tertaining, the minister was hammering away on that 
old wornout subject of sin. I simply could not en- 
dure it, so I got up and left. I don't see why men of 
such ability should waste their time and bore their 
hearers by using such unpopular and terrifying sub- 
jects when there are so many pleasant and comforting 
subjects that might and should be used." 

It was this same kind of a feeling and desire that 
had gotten into the minds and hearts of the Children 
of Israel, that the Tord was made to say to them, 
through his prophet Jeremiah: "Oh, do not this 
abominable thing that I hate." Time and again this 
faithful preacher had been showing the Jews their sins 
and what the result would be if they would not turn 
their hearts away from their sins unto righteousness, 
but they, too, did not want to hear that kind of preach- 
ing. But the time soon came when the ugliness of sin, 
which they did not want to hear about, met them in 
a way from whicli there was no way of escape. 

Again, it may be asked : " What is sin ? " And 
again we say : It is the negation of the things that are 
right. It is the abominable thing which God hates. It 
is not like a contagious disease,— smallpox, scarlet 
fever, or other things that come to us against our 
wishes. It is the things that we do through our own 
volition; things that we do against our better judg- 
ment; things that we know we ought not to do. They 
arc wrong, will do us harm and cause us suffering, 
loss or disgrace in the end. 

How are we to determine what is sinful and what 
is not? By exercising our best judgment, hearing the 
speaking of our own conscience, and acting rationally 
when the decisive moment comes. We seldom act in 
anything before we pass judgment and make a decision. 
And that decision is conscientiously made, for good or 
ill. and we are constantly aware of what we do be- 
cause we have thought and decided. This we are do- 
ing every day. It is our duty to think and consider, 
because we are responsible beings. How are we de- 
ciding? Our decisions, of course, ought always to be 
on the side of right. Whatever we think, say or do. 
let it be that which will be for our own physical and 
spiritual good, the good of others, and the glory of 
God. Or in the language of the apostle : " Whether 
therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all 
to the glory of God." This is a safe rule. 

Another very good rule is : Never go anywhere where 
you feel that you could not invite Christ,— the Master, 
to go with you. Think a moment I Who would think 
of asking Jesus to go with him or her into a saloon, 
a gambling den, or [nto a secret lodge where the name 
of Jesus dare not be mentioned? Who would, in go- 
ing into a dancing hall, think of saying. " Let us first 
have a season of prayer, and ask God's blessings upon 
what we expect to do" ? 

Oh, no. the pleasure-seeking Christian is ready to 
say : " We would not think of doing such a thing, be- 
cause the place is not suitable. It would not be ex- 
pected." Why not? Any place that is suitable for 
Christians to go is suitable for Jesus to be; and the 
place that is suitable for Jesus to be, is a suitable 
place for prayer. Jesus has promised to every Chris- 
tian to be with him always. That is what he wants to 
be. And that is what he will be unless we go into the 
ways of sin and do the things that are harmful, and 
lead the hearts of men and women into ways that are 
demoralizing, dangerous and destructive. 

It is said, — and truly said, — that the goodness of 
God ought to lead men to repentance. This goodness 
is seen and manifested everywhere, and has been 
through all of the ages. We have this wonderfully 
manifest in the subject under consideration. "Oh, 
do not this abominable thing that I liate," which in- 
cludes all the sins to which man is heir. 

God humanizes iiimself to meet, warn and save us. 
He does not hate the abominations of the world, be- 
cause they can in any way endanger or hurt him, but 
because they endanger or hurt us, whom he loves and 
for whom he has given and sacrificed his Son. How 
we wish that this appeal, on the part of God, could be 
made more impressive upon us all ! At the entrance 
to every sin, into which we are tempted to go, this 
touching appeal is expressed to us in words that 
should come to us with a wonderful force. "Oh, do 
not this abominable thing that I hate." Why should 
wc? How can we take pleasure in the things which 
we must know' God hates? h. b. b. 

Delegates to District Meetings. 

There comes to our desk a matter that needs atten- 
tion. We are told of a State District where it has 
become customary to elect young and inexperienced 
members as delegates to represent the churches at 
District Meeting. Sometimes members who have 
been in tlie church only one and two years, and know 
little of the principles of the church and her work- 
ings, are chosen instead of members of experience 
and standing. As a result the District Meetings are 
now and then practically run by those who are not 
familiar with the doctrines and principles of the 
church. A condition of this sort in any State Dis- 
trict is alarming, and shows how much some of those, 
in ciiarge of congregations, have been neglecting their 
duty. While it is proper to give new members all 
needed attention, with a view of encouraging and de- 
\eloping them, we should never think of entrusting 
them with grave responsibilities until they acquire 
sufficient information and experience to enable them 
to discharge such duties understandingly and with 
credit to themselves and to tb? chyrclv It is the 

duty of all elders, just before their churches proceed 
to elect delegates to a District Meeting, carefully to 
instruct the members regarding the kind of brethren 
and sisters that should be chosen to serve in that ca- 
pacity. They should be members who can be recom- 
mended for their spiritual life and character, and as 
being in full accord with the rules and practices of the 
church, as defined by Annual Meeting. Furthermore. 
they should be members of more than ordinary intelli- 
gence and experience. They should know something 
about the church, her principles and her work. A 
careful study of Acts 15 will show that the men who 
figured in the council at Jerusalem were men of 
knowledge, standing and' experience. Hundreds of 
our churches need some special instruction on this 
subject, and tlie elders are the ones to act as circum- 
stances mav demand. 

An Experience with a Church Paper. 

A Methodist church in Toronto, Canada, tried an 
experiment witli their leading church paper. Suffi- 
cient funds were appropriated to place the paper in 
ever}' liome where there were members. The result is 
said to have been splendid, fully justifying the unusual 
expenditure. At the end of the nine months, the re- 
port says, it was shown that there was an increase of 
attendance at all church services, the prayer meetings 
especially showing an improvement in numbers and 
interest ; the Sunday-school grew ; weekly contribu- 
tions to the church funds greatly increased, the in- 
crease being much more than the amount expended for 
the paper ; and the several branches of denomination- 
al work received increased support. From a financial 
point of view alone the money spent in introducing the 
denominational paper was an excellent investment. It 
brought large returns, and the church repeated it for 
the present year. There was evidence, also, that in 
ways wdiich can not be tabulated in dollars and cents 
the influence of the paper in the homes to which it 
was sent was most salutary. The experiment demon- 
strated what has been so often asserted, that the read- 
ing of the denominational paper bears fruit in quick- 
ened religious interest and enlarged sympathy with 
and support of all the work of the denomination, local 
and general. 

We are not going to urge that money should be ap- 
propriated by our churches for the purpose of placing 
the Messenger in each home where there are mem- 
bers, but something should be done to induce more 
of our members to read the paper. It is generally 
understood that in congregations where the Messen- 
ger [s not widely read, very little active church life is 
found. Our real live, working congregations are those 
where our church literature is read in practically every 
home. We have some congregations that insist on the 
Messenger going into every home where there are 
members, and that raise money to pay the subscription 
of those who are not able to pay it themselves. 

The Attractive Face. 

A SISTER who thinks more of her religion and health 
than sihe thinks of the demands of a fashionable world, 
says that she can not understand how a woman, who 
belongs to a plain church, can spend hours before the 
glass, working with her hair, and powdering her face 
until the powder can be seen here and there in spots. 
Well, it does seem strange that people who wish to 
give more attention to the demands of fashjon than 
to the teachings of the New Testament should pose as 
members of a church insisting on plainness. This is 
one of the things hard to be understood. As for pow- 
dering the face, it would seem that a little good com- 
mon sense, without any religion, .s'hould teach women 
that this is not the best way to iimprove their looks. 
When one, in religion, tries to make people believe that 
he is better than he really is, he is rightly accused of 
hypocrisy. Should one be censured for saying as much 
of women who, by the use of powder and paints, en- 
deavor to display a charm which lihey do not^iossess? 
But what of tJie sisters of a plain church who do such 
things? We confess that, in the light of the teachings 
of the apostles and reason, it is hard to understand the 
prinoiiples and motives tJiat lead to this manner of liv-' 
ing. If a woman wishes to improve her face, — and it 
is proper for her to do so, — there are methods for her 
that are natural, reasonable and consistent. Let her 
tliink much about that which is pleasant, beautiful and 
pure. Let her cultivate a beautiful and lovable mind, 
live ih keeping with the natural laws of health, as well 
as in keeping with the spiritual laws, and she never 
need worry herself about an attractive face. As proof 
of what we are here saying, we call attention to the 
fine faces of some of the lovely mothers in Israel, who 
could not be hired to use powder and paints with which 
to enhance their beauty. 

The Brethren Not a Secret Order. 

A PUBLIC Speaker in Indiana, when defending secret 
societies, stated that even the Brethren church is a 
secret body, and referred to what he supposed to be our 
general practice of always instructing applicants for 
baptism privately. He said people outside of the 
church were not permitted to hear these instructions. 
The gentleman either purposely misrepresented us as a 
body, or else he did not know what be was talking 
about. ?Ie should have known that we make affiliation 
with secret orders a test of fellowship, and surely 
such a religious body can not be regarded as a secret 
society. ■ Furthermore, it is not the rule to have all 
applicants for baptism instructed privately. In most 
revival meetings they are instructed publicly, and not 
a thing is required of them that is kept from the pub- 
lic. Regarding the doctrine we teach, the practice of 
tlie church, and the duties laid before applicants for 
membership, there is nothing whatever held in secrecy. 
It is alleged that our council meetings are held in se- 
crec)-. They may be private meetings, but they are not 
secret meetings. Nonmembers having legitimate busi- 
ness in such meetings are never excluded. To illus- 
trate, the unconverted husband of a sister can accom- 
pany bis wife to one of our council meetings and re- 
main in the meeting until it is over. What is true of 
our council meetings, is probably true of similar meet- 
ings held by other religious persuasions. In a general 
way they are private, but never secret. 

THE GOSPKL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 




D. Zi. Miller, Chairman Ml. Morris, III. 

H. C. Early, Vice-Chairman Penn Laird, Va. 

Galen B. Boyer, Sec. and Treas El^in, 111. 

L. W. Toetfir Ha&erstown. Ind. 

Cbftfi. D. Bonsacfc, Union Bridpre. Md. 

J. J. Yoder, McPherson, Kansas. 

General MlsBion Board, Elgin, HL 


Bro. M. W. Emmert, of Mt. Morris, III., preached for us 
on the morning' of Dec. 24. Beginning Dec. 25 he con- 
ducted a six-days' Bible and Sunday-school Institute. The 
manifest interest of the class througliout the series of 
lessons showed a ready and warm response to the earnest 
efforts of our brother. 

Studies in the Life of Christ were given. In this sur- 
vey especial emphasis was placed upon the most critical 
situations or turning points of his career. This proved tu 
be a valuable setting for our coming year's Sunday-sciiool 

One period a day was devoted to the history from Mal- 
achi to Matthew. The aim was to show how, in this in- 
terval of history between the Testaments, all the world 
was unconsciously preparing for the coming of Christ, 
under the guidance of the Divine Hand. In this our 
brother succeeded quite well. 

The afternoon was divided between the book of Gala- 
tians and a period of devotional study, this latter making 
a fitting close to the day's work. 

Bro. Emmert's work here was a blessing and inspira- 
tion to us. He teaches at high tension. His outlines 
and charts assist much in presenting his studies. Alto- 
gether his labors were characterized by a marked spirit 
of loyalty and devotion to the Word. D. F, Warner. 

Jan. 3. , ^ , 


We are home again from our trip to Eastern Pennsyl- 
vania. Nov. 15 the writer and his wife boarded the train 
to attend the funeral of my v/ife's brother, Jacob Fry, of 
Stevens, Lancaster Co., Pa. We arrived there on the 
17th. On the 19th the funeral took place at Lincoln. A 
large number of relatives were in attendance. 

After this the writer and his wife began to visit the Fry 
relatives, and we also had the pleasure of meeting with 
the brethren and sisters in a series of meetings held at 
Lincoln, with Bro. Henry HolHnger doing the preaching. 

On Tlianksgiving morning we preached at the Brethren 
Home at Neffsville, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 
Bro. I. W. Taylor has the oversight of the Home. He 
knows how to make the home pleasant for the old folks. 

Dec. 9. by request of the Springville brethren, the writ- 
er began a series of meetings at Lincoln, closing Dec. 23. 
A wonderful interest was taken, and eight persons were 
added to the church. 

Dec. 24 Bro. Abraham Fry conveyed us over the moun- 
tains to Lebanon County, where we had the pleasure of 
meeting witii the Brethren of the Tulpehocken church in 
the Heidelberg house, in their series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Bro. I. N. H. Beahm. By, request, the writer 
preached on Christmas Day. 

It is a great satisfaction to meet hundreds of those of 
like precious faith. We shall never forget the kindness 
and love of our eastern brethren and sisters. 

Fairview, Mo., Jan. 1. J. H. Argabright. 

family have been active in the work of the Sunday-school. 
We have an average of forty-eight scliolars in attendance. 
For some months ministers from adjoining churches have 
filled the preaching appointments, until Bro. A. D. Bow- 
man arrives, to take charge of the work, about Jan. I. 

There is an open door for the Brethren in Fresno. There 
arc excellent schools, including a State Normal, and abun- 
dant railroad facilities. Factories and packing-houses, as 
well as families, are always in ncad of helpers. Carpen- 
ters and other meclianics are always in demand. All this 
presents favorable conditions for Brethren families. Fres- 
no, with its 30,000 souls, needs the pure Gospel and we 
praise God for the work so well begun. May his name be 
glori6ed and souls savedl D. L. Forney, 

Pec. 30. ^^^ 


The close of the year is an unusually busy time with us, 
as, in addition to the usual rush which comes with the 
Holidays, there is additional work incident to the closing 
of the year and the election of officers for the ensuing 
year. The regular quarterly council convened on the 
evening of the 1st, at which time Eld. C. D. Bonsack was 
present; also Elders H. C. Early and A, P, Snader. We 
were glad to have Bro. Early with us on this occasion, 
in view of his taking charge of the pastorale early in 
February, Much business was pleasantly disposed of, in- 
cluding the election of the following officers: Elder, C. 
D. Bonsack; Clerk, M. C. Flohr; Publishing House Agent, 
Harry C. Speclman; church correspondent, Mrs. D. E. 
Miller; chorister, L. B. Hoi singer; Sunday-school su- 
perintendent, J. H. HolHnger; president of Christian 
Workers' Meeting. C. G. Heatwole. Two letters of mem- 
bership were granted and one received. The treasurer's 
report showed that over $1,500 was contributed by the 
congregation during the 'year for the support of the 
work, $500 of which was for the purchase of the parson- 

Under the auspices of the District and local temperance 
committees, we recently had the pleasure of listening to 
a splendid address by Eld. P. J. Elough. The missionary 
society also secured Eld. J. M. Blough and wife, to give 
us several talks on the subject of missions, in which con- 
siderable interest has been manifested on the part of a 
number of our members. During Brother and Sister 
Blough's visit, a collection was taken, amounting to $22.84, 
which was sent to the General Mission Board. A mis- 
sion study has been organized and we have taken 
up the study of "China" as a mission field, using as a 
textbook, " Rex Christus." The Christmas program, held 
on the evening of Christmas Day, was conceded by many 
to be the best ever rendered In the local church, practi- 
cally every member of the primary and intermediate de- 
partments taking some active part, their ages ranging 
from four to eighteen. The work for the year is now 
thoroughly organized and we hope for large results. 

806 C Street. S. E., Jan. 5. Mrs, D. E. Miller. 


Though less than one year ago the Brethren began ac- 
tive work in Fresno, Cal., good results have already been 
accomplished. The first sermon was preached April 9, 
in the Baptist Mission Chapel, corner of Howard and Da- 
vis Streets, with ten or twelve persons In attendance. 
Here the services were continued till the latter part of 
May, by the writer, when Bro. Getz and wife, of Los An- 
geles, came to Fresno, to work under the direction of 
our Mission Board, 

June 1, they opened a Sunday-school in their own house 
and the preaching services were also moved from the 
Chapel to the same place. The children were gathered In 
till there was no room to accommodate others, and an- 
other change became necessarj'. 

At the District Meeting in October the Mission Board 
was authorized to secure lots and put up a house of wor- 
ship. A lot 75 by 150 feet was secured at the corner of 
Harvey and Thesta Streets, lumber was soon on the' 
ground, a basement -dug. and with the aid of brethren 
from the four surrounding congregations. Oak Grove. 
Raisin, Kerman and Reedley, the building was soon en- 
closed, and In less than two weeks from beginning the 
work the first service was held in the new church. Later 
the painting was done, seats built, curtains put in for 
Sunday-school classes, and electric lights installed. Most 
favorable conditions seem to be in sight for the future of 
the Fresno Mission. Brethren J. G. Parrett, J. W. Mish- 
ler and others have been very active helpers in all this 
work. Since Bro. Getz left In October, Bro. Mishler and 

tendance much of the time, and gave many kindly notices 
and expressions concerning the work of the Institute. 
Superintendent Rayburn, of the Bradford Schools, was al- 
so In attendance much of the time, and assured our peo- 
ple a hearty welcome to the use of the school building. 

We wish to thank all who, in any way. contributed to 
the success of the Institute. 

Invitations for the 1912 Institute are in order. 

Committee, Jacob Coppock, Chas. Flory. Levi Minnich. 


The tenth Sunday-school Teachers' Institute of South- 
ern Ohio was held In the auditorium of the school build- 
ing at Bradford, under the auspices of the Upper Still- 
water congregation, Dec. 25-29, 1911. 

The weather was favorable, the interest very good and 
the attendance large. Nearly every Sunday-school was 
represented. Brethren I. B. Trout and P. B. Fitzwater 
were the principal instructors. This was the fourth time 
each of them was called to assist In this line of work. 
Bro. Trout gave two addresses on " Sunday-school Man- 
agement and Problems," two on " Primary Work," and 
one each on the following topics: "Sunday-school Les- 
sons for 1912," " Possibilities of the Sunday-school." 
■• Boys," "The Church School," "Our Sunday-school 
Standard." and "The Sunday-school Teacher and His Re- 
ward." He had at his command large resources of practi- 
cal truths, and applications on every one of these topics, 
which, if carried out In the local schools, can not help but 
result in more effective Sunday-school work. 

Bro. Fitzwater gave one address on "The Religion of 
the Second Mile," three on " Studies on the Book of Dan- 
iel." one on "The Problem of the Four Gospels." three on 
" Studies In the Synoptics,— Matthew, Mark and Luke." 
one on "The Christian.— What ?Ie Believes and How He 
Lives," and one on "The Person of Christ." 

The address on the latter subject, as well as some of the 
others, was full of Biblical proofs of the Divinity of Christ. 
Throughout the Institute, Bro. Fitzwater had his subjects 
well at his command and led his audience into new fields 
of thought and research, thus creating a greater interest 
in Bible study. 

The place for holding the Institute was simply ideal. 
The large auditorium with its five-hundred comfortable 
chairs, the modern methods for heating, ventilating and 
lighting, the wrap and toilet rooms, the rest room and 
free telephone service, and the large basement converted 
into a dining room, rendered the building unique for the 
Institute. In addition to this the good people of Brad- 
ford and vicinity, with one accord, opened their houses 
and gave free lodging and the hospitality of their homes 
to all who came. 

Editor Little, of "The Morning Sentinel." was in al- 

Our Anticipations. 

Many and conflicting emotions have filled our hearts 
during the last few weeks. We were looking forward, 
with the highest hopes, to the coming of the new work- 
ers. For weeks we had been preparing and planning for 
their arrival. How we looked forward to the inspiration 
they would bring from the homeland I We hoped that 
our days of working alone would be over, for there would 
be twelve instead of four, to help to bear the burdens. 
Our Disappointment. 

Bro. Crumpacker went to the coast to meet them, but 
found that the uprising in the south of Cliina was be- 
coming so general that It was not advisable to take the 
new workers so far inland, so he came back alone. You 
may imagine our disappointment, Words cannot describe 
the regrets of those who have lived alone, as we have, 
for we did not then suspect we would be called to the 
coast to be with them. 

Making the Best of Things. 
We went about our daily duties with as much life as 
possible, under the circumstances, —healing the sick. 
teaching the classes and visiting In the homes. The peo- 
ple all knew of the trouble and everybody was restless. 
They were all very anxious that we should not leave them. 
The women said to us In several of the homes, " Don't go 
away, for no one will harm you; they only want to kill 
the Manchus." The people said they would be so lone- 
some if we went away. 

Yes. no doubt they would be lonesome for they fre- 
quently came to our place and told their troubles. Often 
we would sing and talk and pray together, and they would 
go away happy. 

Prosperity of the Work, 
A number of the higher class men of the city were in 
the men's opium refuge, and more hoys were asking for 
admission to the boys' school than our place would ac- 
commodate, so we were renting additional room to do 
more extensive work, 

Seven women had broken off the use of opium al the 
women's refuge, and we were preparing for that work on 
a large scale for this winter. The demand for the opium 
cure is great now, because of the very high price of the 

A number of girls were planning lo enter liie girls' 
school. On Sunday the men's services were attended by 
from thirty to fifty, and the women's services by from 
twenty to thirty. Everything seemed ready for a prosper- 
ous year's work. 

An Abrupt Move. 
Bro. Crumpacker had liccn linmc but a few days when 
we received a telegram from the consul, telling us all to 
come to Tien Tsin at once. We packed our clothes and 
bedding and took the train the next morning. Baggage 
[rains had not been running for some time, so we could 
only take what we could keep in the car with us. We 
went very unwillingly, every step of the way, you may be 
sure, for we did not want to leave our work. It seemed 
like running away from duty. Bro. Crumpacker prom- 
ised the people he would be hack in a few days, if it were 
possible f^r him to return. 

Arrival at Tien Tsin. 

So, after two days, we arrived in Tien Tsin and had 

the joy of meeting the newly-arrived workers. We have 

lented places here and are comfortably situated until we 

can return. 

A day or two after we arrived, the trains stopped run- 
ning and have not run regularly since. Tai Yuen Fu was 
soon taken by the rebels and the railroad controlled by 
them. The foreigners at Tai Yuen Fu were not harmed. 
but after several weeks the condition became too critical, 
so. after great difTicultlcs. the rebels gave them a special 
train, and after several days they arrived here. 

Bro. Crumpacker's Return to the Station. 
After being here for two weeks, Bro. Crumpacker 
found a way to return to our station, where he is plan- 
ning to stay as long as it is safe. He says there is no 
trouble there at present. Most of the women and chil- 
dren from the inland stations have been sent to the coast, 
but many of the men are still staying at their stations, 
to protect the property and hold things together, if pos- 

Awaiting Developments. 

Mission work, as well as everything else, is at a stand- 
still now in China, and we can only wait till the trouble 
is past. But no time is being lost by the new workers, 
who have just come, for they are hard at work every 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 

day, studying the language. Indeed, we are all making 
use of the time in the same way. Thus we will be all the 
better equipped for work when the storm is past. 

At present it looks as if peace were a great way off, but 
we trust that when peace does come, the doors for mis- 
sion work will be opened wider than ever before. Pray 
for the peace of the nations! Emma Horning. 

Tien Tsin, China. 

Notes From Oar Correspondents 

As cold water lo a thirsiy soul, so is good news from a far country 

Corwctloiu— In my correspondence, last month, I said the 
Mission Board was starting a mission Sunday-school at Phoe- 
nix Ariz I since learned that I was mistaken.— that it was 
thV Gleiidaic church instead.— Mrs. L. Fagg. GJendale, Ariz., 

Chico.— Our church met in council Dec. 29, with Bro. Forney 
presiding We elected officers for the current year. Sister 
McDale was elected church treasurer: Bro. Marlon Nine, clerk; 
Rro R-iy Shivelv, Sunday-school superintendent: Sister Mar-* 
tha Rothrock, secretary; Sister Blckett. Messenger agent. 
Since our report six have been added to the church, and 
nine members were received by letter.— B. G. Kerr, Chico, Cal., 

BmplM.— Our church has recently closed a spiritual aeries 
of meetings, conducted by our dear brother, D. L. Miller. He 
and his good wife spent three weeks with us, giving us twenty- 
three sermons and Bible Land talks, which resulted In twenty- 
three precious souls uniting with the church. They range in 
age from twelve to slxty-ilve years. We now number 216 mem- 
bers and have a good church In which to worship. All this 
has happened In a little over two years, and the prospects are 
fair for this congregation to be the strongest church in Cali- 
fornia In a few years. Two years ago. last March, our elder, 
Bro J "W Deardorff. was the first member to locate in Empire, 
and where the church now stands he could count but four 
houses Now on© can count about fifty nice homes. Surely, 
there is a very bright future for this beautiful little town. If 
there are those who think colonization docs not pay, they 
should pray to the Lord to help them take the right attitude. 
Yesterday we enjoyed a very pleasant council. "We decided to 
hold a love feast Jan. 27, at 2: 30 P. M. This will be en- 
joyed especially by our new members.— Levi Wlnklebleck. 
Modesto, Cal., Jan. 4. „ ^^ . <- n^^ 

OlBnfiora.— Our church met in council on the evening of Dec. 
30 Our elder, Bro. J- S. Brubaker, presided. Four letters 
were granted. We elected our church and Christian Worker 
officers and reelected our elder for another year. We will re- 
tain our missionary. Sister Saublo, for another year. Bro. 
Lester Blocher was chosen president of our Christian Workers' 
Meeting. At the close of our prayer meeting on Thursday 
evening. Jan. 4, a brother was received Into the church by 
baptism. We have secured Bro. D. L. Miller to hold meetings 
for us in February.— Mary White, Glendora, Cal., Jan. 8. 

live Oak church met In council Jan. R. Our elder. Bro. W. 
■R. Brubaker. presided. We discussed the providing of suita- 
ble seals for our new church building, which is now under 
roof Our Sunday-school is In a prosperous condition. We 
ii.Tvo one appointment at Biggs. Three others are to be In- 
vestigated. — one at Pennington, and the others at schoolhou.scs. 
We hope we may soon have meetings at all of these places. — 
P. S. Hartman, Live Oak. Cal.. Jan. 7. 

1,08 AJigelfiB.— On the evening of Jan. IS, Eld, S. F. Sanger, 
of Kmplre, Cal., will begin a series of lectures in the Eerean 
Auditorium. Jan. 21 Bro. D. L. Miller will commence a se- 
ries of meetings for us. On Sunday evening, Jan. 28, we will 
have our love feast.— Eva M. Frantz, 3101 N. Broadw^ay, Los 
AnKeles. Cal.. Jan. 2. 

Oak arove church enjoyed a few days' meetings with Bro. 
HolUnger, the District Sunday-school Secretary, Dec. 26 to 29. 
Owing to sickness in the family of Bro. Dickey, who was to 
have been the Instructor, we had no Bible Institute. The Sun- 
dav-schoo! is starting on a new year's work with good Interest 
and attendance.— Llnnle Coffman, Laton. Cal.. Jan. 8. 

BoiHln.^Our church met in council with Eld. Harvey Elken- 
berry in charge. Three letters of membership were read. We 
plecicd church and Sunday-school ofllcers. with Bro, Charles 
Ross as superintendent; Sister Elizabeth Fllckinger, secretary; 
Sister Sadie Scott, chorister: the writer. Messenger correspond- 
ent. Bro. D. L. Miller was with us and preached five inspiring 
permons. We were very glad to have him with us. Bro. E. M. 
Cobb has a Bible class every Wednesday evening, in which 
much Interest is taken. — Emma Saylor, Raisin. Cal,. Jan. 10. 


rruita church met in coimcll Jan. 5. with Eld. S. Z. Sharp as 
modemtor. Sunday-school officers were elected, with Sister 
Clare Gnagey, secretary. Sister Maud Brown was chosen chor- 
ister for church and Sunday-school: Sisters H. Pearl Waltz and 
Luclle Gnagey. presidents of the Christian Workers' Meeting; 
Bro. A. L. Gnagey, church clerk: Bro. J. H. Butt, reelected 
treasurer; Bro. Jesse L. ICeedy, reelected trustee; Bro. John 
Austin, Messenger agent; the writer, correspondent. Sisters 
Fred Burket. Ruth Long, Velma Frantz and Bro. John Austin 
were chosen as a Missionary Committee. Three letters of 
membership were granted. We decided to hold a series of 
meetings soon, to be followed with a love feast. Our Sunday- 
school gave a very interesting program on Christmas evening. 
— Helena A. '^''altz. Box 203. Frulta. Colo., Jan. 5. 

Garfield church met in council Dec. 30. Eld. W. A. Rose pre- 
sided. New church officers were elected for this year. Bro, 
A. A. Weaver, of the First Grand Valley church, was elected 
eider for this congregation; Bro. James Swallow, clerk; Sister 
Collena Miller, church treasurer; Bro. James Swallow, re- 
elected superintendent of the Sunday-school; Sister Rebecca 
Winger, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting; the 
writer, church correspondent. — Sarah J. Merrill, Palisade. 
Colo., Jan. 8. 

Booky rord. — We held our council Jan. 2. with Bro. David 
Hamm in charge. He was reelected as our elder for the cur- 
rent year: Bro. John Bjorkiund. assistant Officers for the 
Sunday-school were also elected for the year. Bro. H. B. Tal- 
helm was reelected Sunday-school superintendent; Bro Jesse 
Weybright, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting. The 
Sunday-school gave a fine Christmas program, after which the 
entire audience was given a treat— Clara Walker Miller, Rocky 
Ford. Colo., Jan. 9. 


Omaja church held special Christmas services the morning 
and evening of Dec. 24. One was baptized on Jan. 1. Bro A 
Conner and wife, of Mana,sses, Va.. and a niece — sister of Sis- 
ter Kathryn Ziegler of India- are with us for the winter. We 
are hoping for and expecting other brethren and sisters. They 
cannot find a better winter climate. All the officers of the 
Sunday-school were reelected. — Grant Mahan, OmaJa, Cuba, 


Bowmont Our new churchhoiise will soon be erected. The 

Tound^top i3 nQVf being uia. The lwn\\jer U on the ground. 

and with the many willing hands that have promised to help 
us, gratis, we hope, in a few weeks, to have It ready for use. 
Bro. T. A. Robinson, late of Muscatine, Iowa, preached for us, 
with grace and power, Dec. 31. — C. A- Williams, Bowmont, 
Idaho, Jan. 2. 

Mompa church met in council Jan. 5. to elect officers for the 
present year. Church officers were elected for one year. Sun- 
day-school and Christian Worker officers were chosen for six 
months. Our elder Is Bro. J. H. Graybili; clerk, A. E. Rlddles- 
barger; secretary and treasurer. Edd. Neher; chorister. Sister 
Rlddlesbarger; the writer, correspondent and Messenger agent: 
Sunday-school superintendents. Brethren Rlddlesbarger and C. 
V. Whallon: secretary and treasurer, Bro. Ear] Neher; presi- 
dent Christian Workers, Hazel Garber. One lettel- of member- 
ship was granted. — Amanda Garber, Nampa, Idaho, Jan. 8. 


Batavla Our church met in council Jan. 5. In the absence 

of our elder, James M. Moore, our pastor, E. E. Eshelman, pre- 
sided. Our treasurer reported a deficit, — S25 of which was 
made up in ten minutes by the ready response of the nineteen 
members present. The spirit In which this was done was 
dulte encouraging to all. At this meeting it was decided that 
our pastor continue his services for another year, beginning In 
July. A series of sermons Is being given on Sunday mornings 
on the doctrines of the church. In tiie evenings we have a se- 
ries on the sermon on the mount. Bro. J. S. Zimmerman will 
conduct a series of meetings for us. beginning the first week 
of May. — Anna Eshelman, 137 Church Street, Batavla, 111., Jan. 

Cerro Gordo. — The late District Sunday-school and Bible In- 
stitute was a rich spiritual feast. The work of Brethren Galen 
B. Royer, James M. Moore, our District Secretary, I. D. Heck- 
man, and others, was much appreciated. The last Sunday of 
1911 Bro. J. W. Lear preached his farewell sermon in the morn- 
ing and Bro. D. M. Adams presented his Introductory sermon 
in the evening. Bro. Lear's sermon, from 1 Cor. 16: 13. was an 
exhortation to watchfulness and faithfulness. Bro. Adams' 
sermon was a New Tear sermon, — a call to forget the past and 
press forward in the line of duty. An interesting series of let- 
ters from Bro. B. F. Heckman, of China, Is being published in 
the Cerro Gordo News, one of our local papers. These letters 
are written to Bro. Heckman's father and mother who live at 
this place- — Cyrus Wallick, Cerro Gordo. III., Jan. 13. 

Chicago Sunaay-school EKteneion. — On New Year's Eve the 
Chicago Sunday-school Extension was crowded with eager 
faces and grateful hearts. Good-bye was said to the old year, 
and thanks offered for the many blessings it has brought to 
all. Cheefingly the song "Joy Bells" resounded in our little 
gathering at " twelve o'clock." The appropriate consecration 
service, the hymns and prayers, and last but not least, the 
nuggets from "The New Year Watch Box," read and dls- 
cussi'd, had put everybody into a festive and yet a serious 
mood. Amid handshakes and sincere well-wishing for a 
happy New Year, the congregation dispersed. The "New Year 
Watch Box" Is a well-conceived plan, by which good thoughts 
and re=!olutlons are exchanged. Cards of invitation, to see the 
"New Year" in at the Sunday-school Extension were distrib- 
uted all over the neighborhood. On the back of the card each 
individual was expected to write a suitable poem, some good 
thought or resolution, etc. All the cards were dropped into a 
box in the church entry as the people gathered in the evening. 
Afterwards they were read and discoursed upon from the pul- 
pit. Finally they were sent to the printer and preserved in 
the form of a leaflet — August Beck. Chicago. 111., Jan. 8. 

lilberty. — We met In council Jan. 6. with ouf elder, Bro. J. 
W. Plarshbarger, as moderator. Officers were elected for 
another year. The writer was chosen superintendent of the 
Sunday-school: Bro. Cleve Kaiser, secretary: Bro. Fred Arnold, 
church tfeasul-et-; Sister Ola Akers, reelected Messenger agent; 
Sister Rosa Kaiser, correspondent.^Mrs. Lillian Harshbarger, 
Liberty, 111., Jan. 8. 

Pino Creek.— ^We met Dec. 28 for our council. The weather 
being very cold the church was not largely represented. We 
reorganized our Sunday-school for the coming year and re- 
elected Bro. C. C. Price as our elder. A few vacancies were 
filled, caused by members moving from our congregation, 
This winter we have granted ten letters of membership. 
Among this number were two deacons and their wives, and 
one elder and his wife. We feel this loss greatly, although 
there are some other young members moving in. Four letters 
were presented at our council. On account of cold and stormy 
weather for the past two Sundays, the attendance at our serv- 
ices has been small. — Bertha M. StaufEer, Polo. Illinois. Jan. 7. 

Bocbford. — -The Lord's people In this city have begun the 
new year with a hopeful outlook. Recently we held our quar- 
terly council. A most pleasant meeting was had. The Sunday- 
school was reorganized with a full corps of officers, A review 
of the various activities of the church, during the year, re- 
veals much to be glad for, though doubtless much more should 
have been done. Five were added to the church by baptism 
during the year. The Sunday-school is well attended. Each 
Lord's Day our rooms are filled with children and friends. 
Many times our capacities are taxed to the utmost. The preach- 
ing services, prayer meeting, and Christian Workers' Meeting 
are growing in Interest and attendance. The Increased number 
of young people at all these services Is a most hopeful aspect. 
With careful teaching, watching and praying, surely a har\'est 
may be reaped in the near future. But the adversary of souls, 
too, is at work, and our purposes and hopes are in danger. 
May we earnestly hope and pray! At our recent council plans 
were partially perfected for a systematized effort of raising 
funds, that we may contribute to our Dislriet Board's financial 
needs, and thereby, as far as possible, remunerate the churches 
of the District for the much they have done, in a financial way, 
for the Rockford Mission. Surely, the Lord has been good to 
us all, and the churches of the District have been generous, or 
the mtle band of faithful believers in this city, with Its many 
possibilities that are now in sight, would not be a reality. — 
P. R. Keltner, Rockford, 111., Jan, tl 


Arcadia. — Our council was held Jan, ,6. Owing to the in- 
clement weather not many were present. Officers were elected 
for the ensuing year, as follows: Sister Zeruah C. Ttill. clerk: 
Bro. John Eller. treasurer: the writer, cjirrespondlng secre- 
tary: Sister Zeruah C. Hill, superintendent of the Sunday- 
school; Sister Celia Boyer, secretary. Our Sunday-school is 
progressing nicely this winter, — Sarah Kinder, Arcadia, Ind.. 
Jan. S. 

Camden. — Our congregation has had many seasons of rejoic- 
ing. On Thanksgiving Day Bro. J. A. Mahon came to us and 
gave us two Inspiring sermons, both morning and evening. On 
Dec. 23 Bro. D. L. Mohler, of Leeton, Mo., came to us to begin 
a Bible term which he taught during tho Holldavs. closing on 
Sunday evening. Dec. 31, with a good interest. The weather 
during this time was very unfavorable, yet -we had a good at- 
tendance, and splendid interest was manifested. We f»e] that 
Bro. Mohler has sown much good seed in the hearts of our 
people, and especially the younger members, of whom we have 
a good number. This Is the second Bible term Bro. Mohler 
has conducted for us. and we feel it Is time well .spent for 
Ihe Lord. Our Sunday-school has reser\'ed tho collection on 
the first Sunday of each month for missionary purposes, a part 
of which we have sent to the Sunday-school Extension of 
Chicago. Then we have used a part in sending the Messenger 
into homes of nonmembers. feeling that this Is a good way to 
use missionary money, — Eva L. Whltacre. R. D. l. Pontland 
Ind., Jan. S. 

F08t<trla. — Bro. G. A. Snider, of Lima, Ohio, cam© to this 
place D«Q. IK auO began a series q^ iBpeitip&s. closijie: Jap, U 

Bro. Snider gave us strong, spiritual sermons, proclaiming 
God's message with power, 'miile no one made the good 
choice, we feci sure that some were almost persuaded. The 
church has been made to feel the need of a deeper spiritual 
life. As we enter upon the year 19l2 we know It has in store 
many blessings and opportunities which we hope to improve 
to the honor and glory of God. — Leah B. Wright, North Man- 
chester, Ind., Jan. 10. 

Ponntalu church met in council Jan. 3. Bro. Arthur Hoppls 
presided. Two letters were received and two granted. Bro. . 
W. L, KIntner was elected superintendent of the Sunday-" 
school; Sister Gredith Stanley, secretary; Bro. Luther fiedcl. 
trustee until 1915; Bro. J. G. Pherlgo, reelected church treas- 
urer; Sister Ida KIntner, reelected church secretary: Sister 
Amy Hoppes. correspondent; Bro. Luther Bedal, MeS.senger 
agent. We decided to have a love feast in the spring. As 
Brother and Sister Ida Hoppls are going to leave us. to go to 
Portland, a nice quilt was presented to them as a parting 
gift. Jan. 2 the sisters and friends met at Sister Eedet's home 
and did the quilting on this donation, — Amy Hoppes. R. D. 3, 
Box E4, Holton, Ind., Jan. 10. 

Gosheu (City Church). — Jan. 7 our pastor, Bro. Walter Waf- 
stier, gave us two spiritual and interesting sermons. The at- 
tendance and Interest were good, although the weather was very 
cold and disagreeable. A husband and wife were made willing 
to surrender their lives to the Master. About Jan. IB Bro. Geo. 
E. Swlhart, of Ro^nn, Ind.. will begin our series of meet- 
ings. — Nina Miller. IGOl South Main Street, Goshen. Ind., 
Jan. 3. 

Harrison. Comity church met in council Dec. 30. Out eldef* 
Edward O. Norrls, preached each evening until Jan. 8. Ouf 
home minister, Bro. J. H. Morris, was with us each Lord's Drty. 
We had very spiritual meetings. We also had vety spiritual 
prayer meetings each day at the homes of the members. Out 
church feels much encouraged and built up. Bro. j. it. Morris 
will preach for us each second and fourth Sunday of the 
month during the winter. Our and Befeaft 
Band meeting are moving along nicely. Sister Bailey, who Is 
afflicted, was anointed by Brethren Norris and liardin Miller. 
She now feels greatly encouraged, — Lydia Zimmerman, hog- 
wood, Ind,, Jan. 9. 

Manchester church met in council Jan. 2. Six letters *efe 
read. An advisory committee was appointed, with whom the 
elder may confer regarding the work of the church. Others 
were chosen to assist the treasurer, and to secure a minister 
to hold meetings next year. At our council a committee was 
selected to formulate a plan for the belter organization of our 
church forces and to study the advisability of securing a pas- 
tor. Their report was submitted and accepted. It was de- 
cided that the congregation be divided into six districts. Over 
each of these districts five persons were appointed for one 
year, to look after the pastoral, temporal and spiritual needs. 
The pastoral question will be considered further at our next 
council. At a previous meeting an offering was taken to supply 
the poor of our congregation with the Gospel Messenger for 
one year. At present our special Bible term is In full progress. 
Those who are attending know what a feast of good things we 
are having. The stereoptlcon views of the Orient, given by 
Bro. David Holllnger. are proving both interesting and in- 
structive. Bro. H. C. Early, of Penn Laird, Va.. is engaged in 
a series of meetings In the chapel. Much interest is manifest- 
ed. Next Sunday Bro. J. G. Royer will talk to us during the 
Christian Workers' hour. Considering the cold weather we are 
glad that so many are attending these meetings. — Ella M. Cott- 
rell. 726 North Sycamore Street, North Manchester, Ind.. Jan. 

Pent xaission, — Our Sunday-school, Dec. 31, elected officer.^ 
for the coming six months. We still retain the same superin- 
tendent, A. I-I. Klepinger. who has served us so falthfiilly 
since the beginning of our Mission in 1909. During the past 
year there have been four baptized. I-Ioping to get into our 
new church before long, we had no series of meetings in IfllJ. 
Our new church, of cement blocks, 40x40, situated on Fifth and 
Benton Streets, is progressing slowly. We expect to have a 
series of meetings following the dedication of our church. — 
Daisy Peters, Peru, Ind., Jan. 4. 


Dallas Center. — On tde evening of* Dec. 24 our Sunday-school 
and Christian Workers' Meeting gave A well-prepared program:. 
The children and young people of our church seem to enjoy 
such work, and I am sure that they please their parents, and' 
all those who come to hear them, by their Wililfig cofJperation 
in the work. Our Christian Workers' Meeting was reorgan- 
ized with Sister Ella Royer as president again. On ClirJstma.^ 
evening Bro. Ammon Swope, of Mt. Morris College. begSrt a 
singing class. He was with us for two weeks, and all thtrse 
who attended his class enjoyed the work very much. Thf 
amount of our collection on Thanksgiving Day. for the Sllfer 
church, should have been S21.25. — Mautie A. Myers. Dallas. 
Center, Iowa. Jan, 9. 

Bes Moines VaUey — Bro. W, H. Llchty, of Waterloo, Iowa. 
was with us during the Holidays. He held a Bible term, which 
was of great benefit to those present. Many were unable to 
attend on account of the cold and stormy weather, — Lydfa 
Bell, Ankeny, Iowa, Jan. 6. 

Enellfih Biver — Bro. F. G. Edwards, of Mt. Ida, Kans'., haW 
just completed a very successful term of vocal music In the" 
South house. His work has been highly satisfactory, and, t 
hope, beneficial to us all. The weather, part of the time, was' 
cold and stormy, yet the attendance was good throughout, 
Bro, Edwards Is at this time at tile North church, to conduct 
a like term there. Our work here (s moving along in an even 
way. The weather has been very severe, which has kept some 
from attending services, but with better weather we expect an 
increase In attendance in each line of church work. — Peter 
Brower. South English. Iowa, Jan. 9. 

King-eley. — The singing class at the East house, conducted by" 
Bro. Samuel Bowman, of Chicago, closed last Thursday even- 
ing, after continuing almost two weeks. The average attend- 
ance was about twenty-three. It was not as good as Was ex- 
pected on account of the severe cold weather, and the drifted' 
roads, Bro. Bowman Is an able Instructor in sacred as well ac 
other music, — Phn-he Foft. Kingsle^y. Iowa, Jan. .6. 

Salem. — Bro, H. D. Bowman, of Chicago, 111., came to US' 
Dec. 23 and remained With us during the *IoIidays. giving u.s- 
a very interesting and instructive Bible term. Sessions were 
held twice daily, hut, owing to the .severe cold and stormy 
weather, the attendance was less than desired. Bro. Bow- 
man labored faithfully among us. We learned- many beautiful 
lessons. Our council was hold Jan. 6. Much business came 
before the meeting. Bro. Floyd and Sister Anna Ramsey have 
been secured to move into the parsonage at Lenox, to work in 
the church and Sunday-scliool. The homo ministers will sup- 
ply the pulpit for the coming year. Bro. D. F. Sink ■wa.'; chosen 
elder for one year: Sister Jennie Walter, church clerk and cor- 
responding secretary. Our Sunday-school was reorganized re- 
cently. Bro. Olaf Caskey is our superintendent; Bro. James 
Wray, secretary. Since our last report four letters of member- 
ship have been received, and two were granted. — Edna M. 
Wray. Proscott. Iowa, Jan, 8. 

Soutli Ottiun\va, — ^We left our home at Corning, Iowa. Jan. 
S. to take charge of the work at this place. The members hero 
are quite scattered in various parts of the city. A great field 
presents itself here for the Master's work. As the shops are 
not riinning full time, many men are out of work. Many chil- 
dren are In need of shoes and clothing, and some are sick. W* 
will be glad to receive either money or -clothing to assist tho=* 
in need. Those who have a kindness shown to them. In the 
form of supplies, appreciate it very much, and come to Sun-, 
day-school, where we can work with them and teach them the 
way of life. We held our council Dec. SI. Our elder, Bro* 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 




Peter Brower, presided. Officers for this year were elected, 
Bro. Peter Brower was unanimously chosen to continue as 
elder In charge; the writer, Sunday-school superintendent; 
Sister Coover, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting. 
Bro. Burger and family were granted letters of membership. 
Bretliren, Jiray for us that we may be aljle to do much for the 
Master, — A. Leslie Coover, lis South Moore Street, OCtumwa, 
Iowa, Jan. 8. 


Bur Oah. — Our church convened in council Jan. 4, with 
Eld. T. E. George as moderator. Officers for both church and 
Sunday-school were elected for the coming year. Bro. N. A. 
Renner was reelected church treasurer; Bro. Ray Wagoner, 
clerk; Bro. L. H. Buvkholder, reelected superintendent of tht? 
Sunday-'School. Our average attendance of pupils, during the 
past year, was sixty. We also reorganized our Christian 
Workers" Meeting, with Bro. Ray Wagoner as president. We 
contemplate holding a series of meetings sometime during the 
winter. On Sunday before Christmas our elder gave us a very 
interesting sermon on the different names of Christ, defining 
each one. Our Christmas offering of S5.2G was sent to Bro. E. 
E. John, to be used in the Child Rescue work. — Emma J. 
Modlin, Burr Oak, Kans.. Jan. G, 

d-reuola cliurch convened in council Jan. 7, with Bro. S. E. 
Lantz presiding. Sunday-school officers were elected for six 
months, with Sister Ida Logston as superintendent. Church 
officers were also elected. Bro. Lantz resigned his charge, and 
Bro. W. C. Watkins was cliosen as our elder for this year. We 
are planning to hold a love feast May 4, and will liold a series 
of meetings in October. We have organized a teacher-training 
class, taught by Sister Alice Boone Lantz. We have a singing 
class once a week, taught by Bro. W. C. Watkins. We have 
received six members by letter and eleven by baptism, in the 
last year and a half, which strengthens our body of workers. 
We hope others will move Into our midst and join In the 
Christian warfare. — ^Lydla V. Crunipacker. Grenola, Kans.. 
Jan. 10. 

Iiamaa.— Our series of meetings, conducted by Bro. Moses 
Doardorff. of Yale, Iowa, closed on Sunday. Jan. 7. Two were 
made willing to accept Christ, and others were deeply im- 
pressed. Because of the snow storm, the drifted condition of 
tlie roads and exceedingly cold weather the attendance was not 
what it would have been otherwise. At the close of the meet- 
ings an invitation, by unanimous vote, was given Bro. Dear- 
dorff to return to us next autumn. On Sunday morning, Dec. 
Jl. two new names were added to our cradle roll, and eight 
were promoted from the cradle roll to the beginners' class. In 
the evening tlie advanced division of tlie Junior Workers' Band 
was promoted to the regular Workers' Band, — eight in number, 
ranging from thirteen to fifteen years of age. They had satis- 
factorily done the work prescribed for them, — naming the 
books of the Bible, men, Psalms, and lessons in Bible biogra- 
phy and Bible geography.-:-Edna Cook. Larned, Kans., Jan. S. 

mdPIierson. — The Bible Institute at this place has just 
closed. About forty visitors from a distance enjoyed the In- 
stitute with us. We wish many more could have come. Bro. 
Fitzwater, of Princeton, N. J., was with us eight days. He 
preached and taught the Word with power. We feel much 
built up in the faith of the Gospel. Bro. Ellis Studebaker. 
formerly of Bethany Bible School, assisted in the Institute. 
Our pastor, Bio. J. J, Yoder, and Dr, Clement also gave val- 
uable assistance during the week. A class in Bible reading, 
by Sister Haugh, was appreciated by all. We have had many 
splendid Bible Normals at this place, but this was one of the 
best, 30, brother and sister, you who did not come missed 
much spiritual food. May God continue to bless the Church 
of the Brethren and her schools. — Sarah WItmore Harnly, Mc- 
pherson. Kans., Jan, 9. 


Iiong' Green Valley,- — ^In accordance with the late ruling of 
our District Meeting for all our churches in Eastern Maryland. 
our elder. In an informal but very Impressive way. Installed 
our Sunday-school officers elected for 1D12. Bro. Roop preached 
for us both morning and evening, the latter being a well-di- 
rected New Year message. Bro. J. M. Prigel, who by this con- 
gregation was recently elected to the ministry, preached Ills 
first sermon for us Dec. 17. "VVe also had a Christmas and 
Missionary Meeting Dec. 24. A collection of $3.11 was for- 
warded to the Home Mission Board. Bro. Prigel, our new cem- 
etery superintendent, has the ground all well graded. The en- 
tire cemetery will soon be permanently laid out into burial 
lots eight by twelve ITeet. Our next quarterly council will hp 
held Feb. 25. — Ida M. Neuhauser, Gltting.s, Md.. Jan. 4. 


Bear I^ake Our church met in council Jan. 6. Eld. Geo. E. 

Deardorff was present. Church officers were elected for one 
year, with Bro. Samuel Younce as elder in charge; Bro. Daniel 
Sala. clerk; Bro. S. Hufford, treasurer; Bro. Joseph Sala, trus- 
tee; the writer, church correspondent and Messenger agent. 
Bro. DeardorfC remained with us over Sunday and preached at 
eleven o'clock. The attendance was small, on account of snow 
drifts, etc., but we feel grateful for his effort. We expect Bro. 
Geo. E. Deardorff to assist us in a series of meetings in April. 
— W. E. Young, Clarion, Mich., Jan. 8. 

Beaverton church met in council Jan. 6, with Bro. Wm. Neff 
presiding. Bro. Neff was reelected as our elder for one year. 
Bro. James Rhinehart was elected church treasurer. It was 
decided to have Sister Sadie Stutzman, of North Manchester, 
conduct a singing class in the near future. We also arranged 
to have .sheds buiit on the church grounds, and to have a 
furnace installed as soon as convenient. Our Sunday-school 
has been reorganized, with Bro. Andrew Long and Bro. David 
Mota as superintendents. — Katie Patterson, Beaverton, Miciu, 
Jan. 8. 

Crystal church met in council Jan. 6 to elect officers for this 
year. Bro. Geo. E. Stone was chosen elder; Bro. J. L. Noll, 
clerk; Bro. Joseph Lechner, treasurer; Bro. A. C. Young. Mes- 
.senger agent; Bro. Jacob Witter, trustee for three years; the 
writer, correspondent. Our Sunday-school was reorganized 
two weeks ago, with Bro. R. E. Noll as superintendent, and the 
reelection of all the former teachers. Bro. Stone installed the 
Sunday-school officers and teachers last Sunday after Sunday- 
school. We expect Bro. J. Edson Ulery to begin meetings Dec. 
29, to continue ten days. These meetings will be prefaced by 
a week of prayer meetings. We are having some cold weather, 
— nine degrees below zero. — 'W. H. Roose. Vlekeryviiie, Mich., 
Jan. 9. 

Grand. Itapids SElBBlon. — Dec. 2 4 Christmas services were 
held in the forenoon. A sermon was delivered by Bro. John 
Mishler, after which a collection of !2 was taken. The pro- 
gram consisted of Christmas recitations and singing, after 
which Christmas gifts were distributed among the regular 
pupils, sixty-two being present in all. AM received candy and 
nuts. Our mission room was well filled. All seemed to enjoy 
the day. Enough provisions were sent In to make twelve 
Christmas dinners, whicti were distributed among the poor. 
Those who feel it their duty to help some poor, needy families 
can do so by sending their offering to Bro. John Mishler, 902 
Sutton Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich. — A. Overholt, 406 Francis 
Avenue. Grand Rapids, Mich.. Jan. 10. 

Haxlan. — We met in council Jan. 4. with EUl. J. M. Lair pre- 
siding. Four letters of membership were received. Among 
them were those of Eld. L. J. Thomas and wife and daughter, 
of Selling, Okla. We heartily welcome them among us. Three 
letters were granted. We reelected our Sunday-school and 
Chri.stian Workers' Meeting officers, with Bro. A. W. Taylor a.s 
Sunday-school superintendent; Sister Ella Patzwall, Sunday- 
school secretary; Bro. Russell Weller, president of the Chris- 
tian Workers' Meeting; Sister Chloe Thomas, secretary. We 

decided to use "Kingdom Songs,"— Rosa Weller, R D. 2. Copo-, Mich., Jan. S. 

Deer Park church met in council Dec. 30. Our elder. Bro. 
W. H, Eikenberry, presided. After the regular business the 
following officers were elected for one year: Bro. H. G. Reeve, 
Sunuay-school superintendent; Bro. John Reeves, chorister; 
Sister Pearl Reeves, church correspondent and Messenger 
agent; Sister Sarah Eikenberry, secretary and treasurer for 
Sunday-school. --Mrs. John Reeves, Jr.. Barnum. Minn., Jan. 6. 


Aurora On Sunday, Dec. 24, our Sunday-school at this 

place gave a short Christmas program. Songs and recitations 
were given by the children, and talks by the older ones. Bro. 
E. O. Slater and wife, of Springfield. Mo., were with ua and did 
their part. Since we have moved from the City Hall to a 
home, with our services, our Sunday-school has incronsod. and 
we feel somewliat encouraged, but our field Is largo and the 
workers are few. We are in need of more laborers. — Salome 
Harader, Aurora, Mo., Jan. 7. 

Kansas City (First Church of the Brethren),— Wo met In 
council Jan. 14. Eld. G. W. Lentz presided. Three letters of 
membership were granted, A local temperance committee of 
ihreo was appointed- We feel that our congregation is grad- 
ually becoming stronger In Christ. — T. C. NInlnger, 5921 St. 
John Avenue, Kansas City, Mo., Jan. S. 

Shelby County church met in council Dec. 30. Bro. Jas. A. 
Sell, of Pennsylvania, presided. Church and Sundny-school 
officers were elected. Brethren George Lapp and Cyrus Miles 
were elected Sunday-scliool superintendents; Sister Rosa 
Miles, secretary-treasurer; Bro. Cyrus Milos, church clerk; the 
writer. Messenger correspondent. Seven letters were re- 
ceived. Eld. Jas. A. Sell and wife are spending the winter In 
the West. He conducted a two-weeks' series of meetings at 
this place. He surely knows the Bible and left many precious 
tlioughts with outsiders, as well as with the members, — Nettle 
Keller, Cherry Box. Mo.. Jan. 9. 

Slioal Croek. — Bro. N. N. Garst, of White Church, Mo,. 
preached Thursday night, Jan. 4, to an attentive audience. 
lie was on his way home from Arkansas, where ho had been 
holding a scries of meetings. — Vlrgle Argabrlght, Fair View. 
Mo., Jan. 5. 

Medicine I.ake.— Our church met In council Dec. 30, wltli 
Eid. J. E. Keller presiding. Considerable business came bi- 
fore the meeting. We elected church officers for this year, 
with Bro. J. E. Keller as elder In charge. Bro. Chalmer Bar- 
ley was elected trustee for three years; Bro. I. K. Mow, clerk; 
Hro. D. M. Mootheart. treasurer; Sister Cooksoii and Bro. 
Clialmcr Barley, choristers; Sister Keller, Messenger agent and 
enrrespondent. Slater Mary Stutzman reported SIO received 
from the Walnut Grove Aid Society, of the Johnatown con- 
gregation, to be applied to our church erection fund, which 
was very thankfully received. Sunday-school oflflcors were 
fleeted for six months, with Bro. M. L. Williams, superin- 
tendent. On account of the inclement weather on Christmas 
the program was postponed until Dec. 30. The children did 
Iheir part well. We h.ave a little Paul In Sunday-.'jchool, not 
>'et four years old. who recited Jolin 3: 16 quite well. Four 
h-tters of membership were read. Tiio best of Interest pre- 
vailed. The members are all In usual health, excepting our 
dear young Bro. Barley, who Is at this writing In the hos- 
pital, undergoing an operation for appendicitis. Wo hope he 
may, through God's grace, speedily recover from his Illness. — 
Mrs. J. E. Keller, Enterprise. Mont.. Jan. 1. 

Kearney. — Jan. G the Kearney church met In quarterly coun- 
(■il with our elder, George Mishler, of Cambridge, Neb,, pre- 
siding. On account of severe cold weather not a large attend- 
ance was present. One church letter was received and three 
were granted. Bro. T. F. Evans and Sisters Minnie Forney and 
Martha May were elected on the Missionary Committee. We 
decided to hold a series of meetings this spring. Sunday 
morning the new Sunday-school officers and teachers took their 
places. Bro. Mishler preached for us on Sunday morning and 
evening. — Martha E. May, R. D. 1, Kearney, Nebr., Jan. S. 


Lake Arthur church met In council on the evening of Jan, 
a, Eld. Jacob Wyne. of Dexter, N. Mex., presiding. He also 
preached after the council. We decided to have a love feast 
in the near future. Bro. Wyne preaches for ua the first and 
third Sundays of each month. — Anna NIhart, Lake Arthur, N. 
Mex., Jan. 9. 

Miami church met in council Jan. G, with Bro. Wm. Mohler 
presiding. Seven letters of membership were read. It was de- 
cided to send a minister from this cliurch, to look up and hold 
services for membors located near Los Vegas. Meetings are 
to be held once a month for this quarter, and to be continued 
if so desired. — Mollle Bollnger, Miami, N. Mex., Jan. 8. 


Carrlngton church met in quarterly council Dec. 30. We had 
a good attendance. Besides the regular business of the church, 
Sunday-school officers were elected, with Bro, R. I. Meyers as 
-superintendent. We decided to hold a series of meetingw, com- 
mencing atwut June 10; also to have a love feast near tlie 
close of the meetings. Our Christian Workers' Meeting was 
reorganized on Sunday evening, Jan. 7, wllh Bro. Eddie Shlf- 
(let, president, and Sister Lena Horn, secretary. — Anna M. 
Krepa. Carrington, N. D., Jan. 9. 

Surrey. — Our church met In council Jan. 3l>, with Bro. D. M. 
Shorb presiding. Much business came before the meeting. 
We elected new officers for the ensuing year, with Bro. Samuel 
Sheets as superintendent of the Sunday-school; Sister Ro-sa 
Wolf, secretary; Vestal Lambert, Messenger agent; the writer, 
correspondent. Bro. J. E. Joseph, who has lately moved Into 
our congregation, will be our presiding elder for another year. 
The Minot members have asked to be organized Into a separate 
congregation. Their request was granted, and the organization 
will be effected In the near future. — Manerva Lambert, Surrey, 
N. Dak., Jan. 5. 


Baker. — Jan. 10 we met in council, with our elder, G. A. 
Snider, presiding. Owing to the cold weather the meeting was 
held at the home of Bro. W. P. Lentz, our oldest member. 
Church officers were elected for the present year. The Suii- 
day-school was also reorganized recently, and we start out In 
the new year with the necessary foundation for effective work. 
Some local and District expenses were met with good con- 
tributions. It was decided that our elder should see to getting 
an evangelist to help us in a series of meetings some time 
within the year. — Sister Blanche Lentz, Lafayette, Ohio, Jan. 

Bush Creek church met in council at Bremen house Jan. C. 
with Eld. E. B. Bagwell presiding. Officers were elected for 
the year, with Bro. Levi Stoner as Sunday-school superin- 
tendent; Sister Bertha Bagwell .secretary-treasurer; the writer, 
corresponding secretary. We decided to add a homo depart- 
ment to our Sunday-school, with SlsLer Lizzie Bagwell a.s 
superintendent; also a cradle roll, with Sister Olive Bagwell as 
superintendent. We also decided to organize a teacher-train- 
ing class. — Mrs. Maria Stoner, Bremen, Ohio, Jan. 6. 


Newberg-. — Our church met in council Lee. 29. Officers for 
the ensuing year were chosen as follows: Eld. H. H. Kelm, 
elder in charge; Sister Mattie Dunlap. clerk; Bro. Oti.s Welsh. 

^f "Mf/ou'\''H ^"Pr'V'^'^'*^^"^- Sister Grace MoaU.. president 
or the Christian Workers' Meeting; the writer chorister and 
corresponding secretary. This church observed the instruc- 
tions Of the General Conference, regarding District Mission 
Mork in cotipcration with the General Mission work, and chose 
Son^'r^^wi'h ,.^^ ■-•"' -I'P'y ««r Church with "Kingdom 
vn/?;,.., S ,5 " P^*!"^"^"'^ Christmas program.— Sarah A. 
Van Dyke. Newberg. Oregon, Jan. l. 


.H.^ntnH,?f,.?^f^°""^'^™; Ti'""="" "■ ^'^^^ •^'^'^ ft"d flllEJd the 
^V^UnT^T "■.,' ""'^ '• ^'"'""'' "'^ ^""^ S°«'l discourses. 
\\e had a ronsonnbly good attendance. Bro. Fretz Is to hold 
„f!rr ." .""^^^'^e^ «t this new point, beginning Jan. 27. He 
ntends to bring some good brother along with him, to help 
In tills great soul-saving work, for in this part of the Lord's 
vineyard but llttio is known of our doctrlne.-Mrs E V 
smith, R. D. 1, Box 50. Aldorson, Pa.. Jan, 8. 

Bphratft church met In council Dec. 19. Bro H S Qlbblc 
was elected Sim day-school superintendent. Brethren A. Z 
!..!«. '^". , ■ ^.^"^" ^'"■'' ^-'eclofl on tho Sunday-school ad- 
visory board. Tho following were elected ns a Temperance 

?^T'T- ^^'.'"?■' •'■ '^- ^''''''^'- «""""" Martin a,'dievl 
Keller. As a Missionary Committee, to work up more Interest 

ler i'"m Sir"'i°rn*' T-^'' ^"" ''""^'' Brethren Jerome Mil- 
ler. J. M. Neff and Miles Keller. Wo appointed Bro M F 
Longonecker as one of our ushers. Wo also decided to' fur- 
nish funds towards bulldintv a bungalow In Indla.-Lcvl Ke or 
I'-phrnta, Pa.. Jan. S. v^^im. 

, rarmor. Grove.— Eld. D. A. Foust, of Mercorsburg. conducted 
a series of meotlng.s, comn.enolng Dec. 30, and conllnulnK to 
Jan, 7. He preached, In all, eleven sermons. The meetluKs 

r.!;n,7"^,"°'\n"'. '"""'■"''■'"« *'■" '^«'' '•'"'"-'' ^^^ tl>« c"w 
weather. -Tlio Mission Board has charge of this place, and 
Bro. Foust Is a member of tho Board. Ho la not afra d to 
-stand in defense of iho Gospel. Our minister, B. F Llghtnor 
GrovT Pa" J^^ '9""'"^ "^'^ mootlnffs.— Abblo llasalngcr. Honey 

Hanover church met In council Jan. 3. Our older, Bro. E. S. 
Miller, of Black Rock, Pa„ presided, Eld, D. H. Baker wa.s 
present. Two letters were grunted and two rocolvod. Our 
Sunday-school has been reorganized for another year, with 
Bro. S. H. Bakor as suporlntondont; Sister Lucy AUowolt sec- 
rotary. At our next coimcll In April wo will docldo upon tho 
timo for our spring love feast. Other .special business la to 
bo attended to at our next council,— W. B. Hnrlachor, Hanover 
Pa,, Jan. 8. 

Johnatowii.- Bro. I. Harvoy Brunibaugli, the new presldunt 
of Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa., spent tlio last Sunday of 
[he old year with us at Ihe W'nlnut Grnv.- house. Ho reviewed 
tlio quarter's leasonK t<i tlu> mlviiiioid rJMssvH at tho Sunday- 
school hour nnd then pr.-iuOi.'il inn.Ht i.r.i'i.iably at tho morning 
service. In tho evening ihn i-jirlsllari w.irltora' Mooting was 
favored with a talk by him. after which ho addresaod, at tho 
regular evening iiour for survlce, Lho nowly-oloctod tonchors 
and officers of tho Sunday-school. Bro. Brumbaugh had boon 
called to glvo this address, and conduct our first In-stallatlon 
services for our Sunday-school. Tlio toachora and oIIlcorH sat 
In a body on tho front sentH. nnd enjoyed tho cxcelloni oddroHs 
to tho full. Bro. Brumbaugli will always bo welcome In our 
midst. Our Bible class on tho Book of Uovolatlon, which 
meets on Wednesday ovenliiK, Is growing oncli night In Inter- 
ist and attendance. At a recent council mooting Bro. A. J. 
Ktrayor and Bro. Geo. B. Wortz were cleeled deacons. — Wm. 
Howe, 1012 Bedford Street, Johnstown. Pa.. Jan. 9. 

lanoaBtor. — Our love (oast waa hold Nov. 4. TIio number 
tliat partook of the feast was not so largo as usual. Fifty 
more could eo-slly have communed, Bro, Rufus P. Buchor, of 
Quarryvlllo, this State, offlciatcd. On Clirlstmas evening wo 
held Christmas and missionary oxorclBcs as usual. The serv- 
ices were enjoyable and unusually well attended. During tlie 
day tills congregation remembered thlrty-slx poor families by 
HL-ndliig each a large hnskot of provisions. — ICmma O. E, LandlK, 
UI9 College Avenue, Lancastor, Pa., Jon. 8. 

Quakortown. — Recently Uro. Mil lor, of Chicago, 111,, was 
with us. He preached one week at tho Sprlnglleld (■liurcli, and 
one week at Quakorlown, giving uh noul-lnHplrlng sermons, 
.fan, 6 our regular council will bo hold at tho Quakortown 
cthiirch,— J. W, Longacre, KIcliJand Center, Pn., Jan. 4. 

Hoorlng- Spring'.— Two were rocolvcd Into the church by bap- lJr..c, 24. Our council was hold Doc. 30. and transacted 
quite an amount of buslnoHs. Bro. Qrovor Roploglo, who very 
elllclontly filled his office as president of tho Christian Work- 
era' Meeting during last year, lias boon reUleclod. Bro. R. D. 
Murphy, who la doing very effective work for uh, has con- 
.sontod to conllnuo In tho work until May,— Abram Replogle, 
Roaring Spring, Pa,, Jan. 6. 

Upper Cumborland church mot In council at Ilunt.idale, Jan. 
C. lOld, H. M, Sluuffer presiding. One church kaier was granted. 
Our Sunday-school olllcors wore elected for one year. Bro. H, 
K. Miller was elected suporlntondenl and Bro. George Arm- 
strong, secretary. A spirit of love prevailed during tho meet- 
liig.- A. A. Evans. R. T). 8. Carlisle, Pa., Jan, 8. 


Beaver Creek church, Knox Co., Tenn,, mot In council Jan, 0, 
Bro. J. H. PoterHon presiding. Wo elected Bro. Job. Peterson 
as our treasurer. We roorganlz'?d our with Bro, 
J. M, Bailey as .superintendent, and Sister Anna Griffith as sec- 
rutary. One came out on tho Lord'n side since our last report. 
—Julia E. Peterson, Fountain City, Tenn., Jan. 8. 

ITotlce. — Inasmuch as tho Annual Meeting Trea-suror Is call- 
ing for a one-cent quota per member, now duo for 1012, will 
uucli pastor or elder, in charge of churches In tho Tennessee 
District, remit aa a favor, tliolr quota to tho undersigned? 
Please give this matter prompt attention, ho as not to necos- 
.■iltate a personal notice to any one. — James L. Clark, R. D. E. 
Box 33, Johnson City, Tenn., Jan. 8. 

C-'oncludcd on Pagi- IS.) 


" What thercfo 

c God!i joined togellicr, let not man 

putasundcr " 


■Xn o'Air.M nhould b« ftccompknlftd hy SO c 


Boekly-Emoraon, — I)ei\ '2i, 1911, by Ihe undersigned, 
Mr, Hubert B.'t.'kly and -MIsh .\Iamlo S. Emerson, both from 
WaU-rkio, Iowa,— A. P. Blough, Waterloo, Xowo. 

MUler-Harbangh. — At tho home of the bride. In 
Orange Township. Black Hawk Co., Iowa, Dec. 20. 1911, by 
ili'_' undersigned, Cleveland G. Miller and Sister Nora Har- 
baugh. — A. P. Blough, Waterloo, Iowa. 

aUller-Wajrner.— By the undersigned, at the home of 
Hie bride's parents, Bro, L. A. and Sister Martha Wagner, 
near Oakley, III., Dec. 27. 1911, Bro. Earl E, Miller, of Water- 
loo, Iowa, and Sister Cora Wagner, of Oakley, 111. — A. S. 
IJIngaman, Cerro Gordo, III, 

Balhle-Miller. — By the undersigned, at the residence of 
the bride's parents, Dec. 27, 1911, Mr. Henry Ralble, of Over- 
brook, Kans., and Miss Lora May Miller, of Lone Star. Kans. 
— I. L. Hoover, Lone Star, Kans. 

Stambaoffh-Doak. — At the home of the bride's parents, 
near Grundy Center, Iowa, Dec. 3, 1911, by tho undersigned, 
Mr- Lawrence J. Stambaugh and Miss Velma Irene Dook. — I. 
W. Brubaker, Grundy Center, Iowa. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 




maiaiui — 91,032.31. 

Northern District, IndlviduaJs. 

Daniel Bollnger, $16; Mrs. Albert 

Gump, $1; Joseph Weaver, $1. « 18 00 

Middle District, CongregaUoii. 

Salamonie ^; v \- ' ■ 

Pearl B. Klngery, $1; Jno. Webster. 
$2: Ora E. Spltzer, 51; A. B. Hughes, 
11; SaJnuel Bechtold, $1; Lewis Over- 

holser and wife, 52. ........ - SOU 

Southern District, Individuals. 

Grace Hlatt. SI; Pearl Si yanus $1, 
Uuther Petry, 55; Mrs. MoUle Pefley, 

$1.50 ^ ^° 

Marylaad— $77.01. 

Eastern District, Congregations. 

Denton. $36.92; Blue Ridge College. 
Pipe Creek, $10; Washington City, 
J22S4 ■ 

Libereas Baker, $2.25; U W. Rfne- 

hart and wife. $5 ' '='* 

Penasylvajila — 555,39. 

Jiastern District. „„„=■. 50 

T F Imler tmarrlage notice), ... "" 

Western District, Congregation. 

New Paris, $13.10. 1"^'^''!"^'^ 
Harriet Reed, $20; M. W. R^ed, 510. 
Nancy Madison, $1; Sarah Bajier, $2, 46 10 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

Tliree Spring of Perry Cong,. $4.14. 
Individuals: E. C. Richards, 66 cents; 
Anna E. Scholl. $1; Louisa Burrls, 

$2; H. B. Harlacher, $1, '» '" 

niinoiB — $55.11. 
Northern District. 

Sunday-school: Pine Creek, $21 
individuals; Lizzie St»d6baker, »1. 

An unknown donor, Elgin, $15 37 oo 

Southern District. 

Congregation; Mansileld, $8.11. In- 
dividuals: C. L. and Louisa Strong, 

$10 ^'^ 

OHIO — $39.75. 
Southern District. 

Individuals; John E. Gnagey, $10, 

Jane Miller, $B ^^ "" 

Northeastern District. ,,cf.. 

Congregation: Chippewa, $4.60, 
Baltic house. Sugar Creek, $1; Sun- 
day-school: Bethel, $1.25; Individual. 

W. M. Mohn, $1 ' *"* 

Northwestern DlstricL , ^ , 

Logan, Sidney and Bellefontalne 
Sunday-schools, $6.50; Individuals: 
J. A. Trackler, $1.50; Nine Individuals, 

Deshier. $8.90, ^"^ "" 

Iowa — ^2.45. 

Northern District. .„ nr t 

CongregaUon: Klngsley, $9.05. In- 
dividuals: Julia A. Gilbert, $1; Irvin 

W. Barto, $1 11 "^ 

Middle District. , „ ,, . ., 

Individuals: Samuel Schlotman and 

wife. S5; Wm. H. Myers, $10 i& 00 

Southern District. .. 

Sunday-school: North English, ... 6 40 

Idaho — 915.00. ,, „,, 

Individuals: Lizzie Green, $5; Ella 

Hosteller, $10 1^ 00 

Alabamar— $12.15. ,,„^. 

Individuals; W. A. Mauat, $10.65, 

W. B. Woodard, $1.50 IZ lb 

CKnadfl— §9.60, ,^ ^^ , 

Sunday-school: Sharon, $8.60; In- 

dividual: A Sister, $1 » 60 

Oklahomn— 97.a&. 

Individual: C. C. Clark T ^o 

lTebraBk0r-9e.40. ^ ^, ^ 

InOivlduala: Brother and Sister 
Yates, $5.40; Mrs. Mary Luckey, $1, . . 6 40 

Sunday-school: Mt. Zton, 6 25 

Aibftnaaa — $5.00. 

Individual; Mrs. F, Reed 6 00 

UlilBoail — $5.00. 
Northern District, 

Individual: Mrs. E. Reddlck 6 00 

Blanaas— ^4.00. 

Northwestern District: Mrs. Sarah 
HorUng, $2; Northeastern District, 
(marriage notice). C. B. Smith. 50 
cents; Southeastern District, "Mrs. 
Emma Landls, $1; Southwestern Dis- 
trict (marriage notice), A. J. Smith, 

50 cents ^00 

Tennessee — $3.50. 

Congregation: Knob Creek, 3 50 

TVTl <>>! Yg-H.TI —J^l 0. 

Individuals: Mrs. Sarah L. Garver, 
$1; Herbert M-orehouse, $1; John L. 

3 10 

Myers, $1.10 

WaBhlng^on— 52.00, 

I':dlvldual: H. H. Johnson 2 00 

WlBconaln — 31.0O. 

Individuals: Mr. and Mrs. J. E. 
ZolleFS, $1 1 "" 

Total for the month ',1'2I^ JI 

Previously reported is,oi£ ii 

Total thus far this year $19,898 Kl 


PanusyJvania — 3&0.00 

Congregat^ions: Garret. $2.90; Pike 
In Brothers Valley. $12.45; Grove in 
Brothers Valley, $3.90; L^vejoy, $10; 
Individual: Mrs. I^na Westover. Ma- 

haffey, 75 Cents 30 00 

TenacBsee— $25.00. 0= nn 

Individual: Chas. E. Weimer 25 00 

Idaho— S1G.85. „ „, 

Congregation: Narapa l" <*° 

west Vlrg1iiia--914.29. , <,, , 

Congregation: Nicola Chapel. Shi- 
loh, $1.04; Antiocii House, Bethany, 

$10.25 1* '^•' 

■WaBhlngton — Sll-50. 

Congregations: Seattle, $8.75; Spo- 

kane. $2.75 ^^ S" 

Oklahoma— $6.67. , ^, . „_ 

Individual: In Jesus' Name b b/ 

Second District. ,, . ^ nn 

Henry N. McCann. Bridgewater, . . 5 on 

aUSBorui — $5.00. 
Northern District, Individuals. 

Susie F. Puterbaugh. $4; Raymond 

Puterbaugh. $1 ^ "0 

Nebraska— 93J)0. ,, „ - „„ 

P. A. Nickey and wife. Kearney. ... 3 00 


Mildred Vanlman, ■^ p" 

Total for month S , oH gq 

Previously reported i.iim xa 

Total for year thus far $ 1.500 50 


Pennsylvania — $30.00. 

Southeastern District, Sunday-school. 

Greentree $ 25 00 

Southern. Individual. 

Trostle P. Dick, Waynesboro, 5 00 


Sunday-school: South Beatrice, 
$16; Individual: A Slater, §5 21 00 

Ohio — 920.oa 

Northeastern District. Individuals. 

E. S. Young and family. Canton, . . 20 00 

KUsflourl— $16.00, 
Northern District 

Sisters' Aid Society 16 00 


Southern District, Individuals: 
Rhea Brower, Kltchel. $2.07; Rlne- 
hart Sisters. Four Mile Congrega- 
tion. $16; Northern District. Sunday- 
school: Primary Class, Loon Creek, 
$10; Middle District, Individuals; 

Lewis Overholser and wife, $3, 30 07 

aHohdgun— .9 11.00. 

sisters' Aid: Woodland. $10; Indi- 
vidual: J. H, Andrews, $1 H 00 

Iowa — 95.00. , ^ , 

Southern District, Sunday-school. 

South Keokuk 5 00 

Illinois — 31.00. 

Southern District, Individual. 

John D. Wagoner, Cerro Gordo, ..$ 1 00 

Total for month $ Hn 31 

Previously reported 1.'39 0° 

Total for year thus far S 1,873 15 


Caiifomla — $10.00. . „ , . ,„ „„ 

S. W. Funk, Charter Oak, Cal., $ 10 00 

Total, for month ! 10 00 

Previously reported 321 46 

Total receipts $ 331 46 


Indiana — $1.00. 

Middle District. Individuals. 

Lewis Overholtzer and wife $ 1 00 

Total for month S 1 00 

[ 11 

Previously reported $ 

Total received $ 53 11 


Fennsylv onla — $30.00. 

Southeastern District. „« nn 

Germantown Sisters' Aid Society. . . $ 30 00 

Total for month ! 30 00 

Previously reported ^^^ '" 

Total received, $ -^3 75 


WaBhlngton— 952.00. * , ro nn 

Seattle. $ ^2 00 

LIlBBOurl — $9.00. 

N'ortheru District, Individuals. 

Susie Forney Puterbaugh, $5; Ida P. 

Hollar, $4 9 "O 

Oklahoma — $9.17. 

In Jesus' Name, $6.67; Mildred 

Vaniman. $2.50 9 1" 

Viiglnlar— $6.53. 

First District, Sunday-school. 

Elackwater Chapel 6 &J 

Idaho— 95.00. _ „. 

Brother and Sjster Swab B 00 

Indiana^— $5.00. 

Luther Petry. » 00 

Michlga.n — 91.00. 

J. H. Andrews ^ "" 

Illinois — $1.00. ^ , 

Mrs. Elizabeth Howe Brubaker, Vlr- 

den 1 "*' 

Colorado— S0.50. 

Mrs. A. W. Ulrich, Ordway 50 

Fennsylvonla — 90. 50. 
Southern District. Individual. 

Sarah M. Attlck 50 

Total for month $ , ^89 70 

Previously reported 1.654 75 

For the year thus far S 1.744 ^5 


Colorado — 90.50, 

Mrs. A. W. Ulrich, Ordway. 5 60 

Total for month S 50 

Previously reported, o 0" 

Total received, $ 5 50 


Michigan— 91.00. 

J. H. Andress $ 1 "0 

Total for month S 100 

Previously reported ^ •'° 

Total receipts 5 3 -^ 

Fenns y 1 von ia — 52 .55 . 
Middle District, Sunday-school. 

Dry Valley, 5 ^ °" 

Oklahoma — $8.66. 

In Jesus' Name 5 06b 

Total for month, $ 6 66 

Previously reported .> ou 

Total received S 9 ^^ 


North Dakota— $5.00, 

Martin Teaborg. Sykeston, S 5 00 

Total for month ? 5 00 

Previously reported 67vi so 

For the year thus far S 678 85 


Nebraska — $43.85. 

Octavla Congregation, $ 43 85 

Michigan— $19.00, 

Martha Smith, $3; Josiah Warstler. 
$]; Jerry M. Cable, $10; E. M. Star- 
board. $5 19 00 

Washinglxyn — $15,00. __^ ^ 

P. H. Hertzog, 15 00 

Oreg-on — $10.00. ,„ «„ 

L. B. Overholser, Talent, 10 00 

Kansas— -$15.00. 

Evert Bowman, S5; Lydla Heiff, $5; 
J. Y. Brubaker, $5 15 00 

Fennsylv ania — 910.00. 

Western District. 

Sisters' Aid Society, Walnut Grove.S 10 00 
lo war— 95.00. 

Mary Man, Unlonvllle 5 00 

Indiana — $5.00. 

Salamonie 5 00 

Ohio — 92.00. 

Northeastern District, Individual. 

Amanda SoUenberger, Akron, 2 00 

Total receipts ....$ 124 85 

Previously reported, _^. 4,255 19 

For the year tlius far $ 4,380 04 


Indiana — $82.65. 

Cedar Lake $ 10 00 


Howard. $7; Elkhart Valley, 50 
cents; Manchester, $5.77; Montlcello, 
$40; Pyrmont, $9.40; Rossville Sun- 
day-school and Christian Workers' 

$5.68; Bearcreek, $4.30 $ 72 65 

Ohio — 9«.ai. 

Toms Run, S7; County Line, $7.10; 
Science Hill in Preeburg, $21.12; 
Hickory Grove. $2; Qreen Spring. Sug- 
ar Grove, $1.94; Maple Grove, $6.06; 

Mt. Zlon. $1.25, 46 46 

Berntce and Bertha Clay, $1; Ver- 
non Winters, 10 cents; Cassie Rut- 
ledge. 15 cents; Elgin S. Moyer, 60 

cents 1 75 

nUohigran — 917.14. 

Chippewa Creek. $2.05; East Thorn- 
apple, $10.09; New Haven, $5 17 H 

Fejmsylvania — $17.67. 

Locust Grove, §10; Kimmel of Mid- 
dle Creek. $1.40; Mt. Joy, $2.11; Me- 

chanlcsburg, §4.16 17 67 

Iowa — 910.82. 

Frederick City, $1.57; North En- 
glish, §3.75; Garrison, $2.61; Fredric, 
50 cents; Reta and Lewis Barnhart, 

S2.39 10 82 

North Dakota — $35.77. 

Zion. $24.25; Cando, $7.20; Kenmare. 

$2.82; Salem, §1.50 35 77 

Washington — $6.85, 

Olympia, $3; Sunnyslde, $3.85, ... 6 86 

Virginia — $7.78. 

Bridgewater, $2.64; Cedar Grove. 

$5.14, 7 7 78 

Oregon — $4.50. - 


Myrtle -Point 4 60 

Kansas — $15.88, 

North Solomon, §1.75; Darned, 
$7.88; Mrs. Delia Tigner, §1.25; White 

Rock, $5, 16 88 

West Virginia— $1.00. 

W. E. Kohne 1 00 

niinols— $9.13. 

La Motte. §2; Napervllle, $7.13, .. 9 13 

Calif omia^--$4.00. 

Int'ewood, 51.25; Mt. Hope, $2.75, . 4 00 

Oklahoma'-^ 5.27. 

Washita 5 27 

Minn e 6 ta^— 9 4. 00. 

Sunday-school. , __ 

Worthlngton 4 00 

New MesiuO — $1.16. 

Miami 1 16 


Beatrice, $1.86; Individual; Arihur 

Chapman, 35 cents 2 21 

Montana— 94 .67. 

Medicine Lake, $3.67; Enterprise, 

s: i 67 

North Carolina — $3.20. 

Melvin Hill Sunday-school 3 20 

Total receipts for the month $ 281 91 

Previously reported, 401 15 

Total for year thus far $ 883 OS 


"Blessed are the dead which die In the Lord" 

Beeghley, Bro. Joseph A., died at his home. In the bounds of 
the Bear Creek congregation, Md., Dec, 23, 1911, aged 56 years. 
He united with the church in early life and died in the faith, 
on his birthday. He leaves two sisters, one brother, his wife, 
one daughter and two sons. Services in the Center house by 
Eld. S, A. Miller. Text, Psa. 23, which was Bro. Beeghley's 
selection, — William A. Spiker, Accident, Md. 

Berkey, Bro, David, born near Johnstown, Pa,, Oct. 14, 1824, 
died Dec, 30, 1911, aged 87 years, 3 months and 16 days. He 
came to Elkhart County. Ind., in an early day. He was a mem- 
ber of the Church oi: the Brethren over fifty years, was one 
of the charter members of the Rock Run congregation, and 
one of its strong supporters. He died of old age and without 
pain, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. A. Riley, Goshen. 
Ind. He was conscious to the last. One son (a minister) and 
two daughters survive. Services in the Rock Run church by 
Bro. Walter Warstler, assisted by Bro. N. B. Heetcr. Text, 
Rev. 21: 7.— I. L. Berkey, Goshen, Ind. 

Bonebralce, John il.. died at Waynesboro, Pa,, December 2S. 
1911, in ^s seventy-ninth year. His wife, Annie Frantz, pre- 
ceded him, and leaves one child. — a son. His grandfather, 
Conrad, was one of the early settlers in this section of Frank- 
lin Couniy, In the eighteenth century. The farm is still occu- 
pied by a descendant. His father, Jacob, 1791-1837, and 
mother. Susanna Hollinger. 1791-1840, were engaged in farm- 
ing also, near by, and were both taken away when he was 
quite young. He was a good student, taught schools, engaged 
in clerking, and was bookkeeper in the bank here for many 
years, until ailments necessitated his retirement. Many years 
ago he had made application for membership in the Church 
of the Brethren, but some circumstance transpired that 
caused him to unite with the Reformed Menuonlte church, 
and he remained a zealous member thereof. By that church, 
also, the funeral service was conducted. Bishop Jacob Lehman 
taking for his text, "1 have kept the faith." Interment was 
made In Green Hill cemetery, near by. And so the writer is 
bereaved of a beloved uncle. — D. B. Mentzer, Waynesboro. Pa. 

Brown, Sister Aletha, born March 31, 1821, died of general 
debility at th© home of Samuel Jennings near Brownsville, 
Md., Deo. 15, 1911, aged 90 yeara", 8 months and 15 days. She 
was a faithful member of the Clrorch of the Brethren for a 

number of years. Services in the Brownsville church by Eld. 
C.ileb Long, Interment in the burying ground adjoining. — 
Laura E. Jennings, Brownsville, Md. 

Cox, Loyal, son of Brother Perry and Mary A. Cox, died at 
his homo near Alvordton, Ohio, Dec. 29, 1911. aged 12 years. 5 
months and 20 days. Services at the Walnut Grove house by 
the writer. Interment in the cemetery near by. — D. P, Koch, 
Pioneer, Ohio. 

Eye, Bro. Flarry P., son of Brother Prank and "Sister Jane 
Eye. died of consumption Dec. 11, 1911.. aged 25 years, 10 
mouths and 25 days. He united with the church when he was 
quite young and remained faithful. He leaves his parents, 
four sisters and two brothers. This is the third death in the 
family within the last few years, from the same disease, all 
voung men in the prime of life. Services at the Branch 
church by Eld, A. S. Thomas, assisted by Eld. J. W. Wine. 
Interment In the cemetery near by. — Annie R. Miller, Box 104, 
Bridgewater, Va. 

Fishbangrher, Bro. G. W., born In Fillmore County, Minn., 
June 19, 1S63, died at his home, in the bounds of the Root 
River church. Minn.. Dec. 23, 1911, aged 48 years. 6 months 
and 4 days. In 1884 he was united In marriage to Laura 
Drury. To them were born three children. The second child 
died at the age of five months. The other two are living, and 
aro members of the church. In ISSS Bro, Flshbaugher and 
hSs wife united with the church, and he was. at his death, a 
firm believer and a loyal supporter of the Master's work. 
Dec. 11 he asked for the anointing service. His generous life 
and kindly deeds made for him a large circle of friends. He 
was laid to rest in the old family burying ground, where 
sleep his father and mother, two sisters and little Eva May. 
Services by the writer from John 17: 24.— J. P. Souders, 
Preston, Minn. 

aeiaer, Sister Ann Savlna. widow of the late David Geiser. 
born at Monrovia, Montgomery Co.. Md.. July 18. 1838. died 
at Waynesboro, Franklin Co., Pa.. Nov. 6, 1911. aged 73 years, 
3 months and 18 days. Her illness dates back to nearly two 
years ago, but toward the closing part of last year dropsy 
developed as the final cause of her death Sister Geiser was 
a devoted and exemplary member of the Brethren church 
for about fifty years, and to know her was to love her. She 
leaves four sons and four daughters. Bro. J. S. Geiser, a 
minister at Baltimore, Md., well known to many Messenger 
readers. Is one of the surviving sons. About a week prior to 
her death she was anointed with oil in the name of the Lord. 
Services at her home. South Potomac Avenue, by the writer, 
assisted by Eld. C. R. Oellig and Rev. G«orge Pulton, of the 
Presbyterian church. Text, Heb. 11: 16. Interment In Green 
Hill cemetery. — P. D. Antho.ny, Waynesboro, Pa. 

Hollen, Sister Nancy S., wife of Bro. Adam R. HoUen, born 
June 27. 1847, died at her home near Bridgewater, Va., Jan. 1, 
1912, of pneumonia, aged 64 years, 6 months and 3 days. She 
had been sick only a few days, and her death was unexpected. 
She was the daughter of the late Abram Miller, She died on 
the farm where she was born. She Is survived by her hus- 
band, four sons and four daughters; also one sister. Services 
at the Bridgewater Brethren church by Eld. H. G. Miller, as- 
sisted by Eld. Emmanuel Long. Text, Rev, 22; 14. — Ida Pry. 
Bridgewater, Va. 

Helser, Bro. Levi, born in Hopewell township, Perry Co., 
Ohio, March 28, 1825, died at his home near Thornville, Perry 
Co., Ohio, Dec. 26. 1911, aged S6 years, S months and 28 days. 
Nov. 29, 1S55, he was married to Elizabeth Catharine Cover. To 
this union ^vore born four sons and five daughters. One daugh- 
ter, aged seven, and one son, aged twenty-nine, preceded him in 
death. He leaves His aged widow, three sons and four daugh- 
ters; also, one aged sister. Father has been a member of the 
Church of the Brethren for over sixty years. His chief con- 
cern through life has been the welfare of his family and the 
upbuilding of the church. He was ever ready to contribute to 
the needs of the church. He will be greatly missed by his 
family and the church he loved. Services at the Jonathan 
creek church by Bro. E. B. Bagwell. Text, 1 Kings, 2: 1, 2.— 
Clinton Helser, Thornville, Ohio. 

Huston, Ida Belle, little daughter of Brother Norman and 
Sister Clara Huston, died of croup in Thomas, Okla., Dec. 28, 

1911, aged 3 years and 3 days. Services In the home by Eld, 
Jacob Appleman. The bereaved parents and three brothers 
have the deep sympathy of the entire community.— Ella V. 
Hutchison, Thomas, Okla,, Jan. 3. 

KHff, Sister Sophia, nee Trowl. born in Stark County, Ohio, 
March 11. 1820, died Dec. 30. 1911, aged 91 years, 9 months 
and 19 days. Nov. 1, 1S40. she was married to Abram Huff, 
who preceded her in death nineteen years ago. Mother Huff 
united with the Church of the Brethren In her youth, and has 
always lived a devoted Christian llf«. She was the mother of 
three sons and seven daughters. Four daughters preceded her 
in death She came to Noble County, Ind., In 1S48, and has 
ever since lived in the Springfield congregation. All of her 
faculties were good up to the last moment of her life. She 
always had a great concern for her grandson, Bro. Adam 
Ebey, missionary in India. Services by Eld. J. W. Kitson, of 
Ft. Wayne, Ind.. in the church near Wakenda. Text, Gen. 35: 
29. — Etta Elson. Wawaka. Ind. 

Kinney, Sister Cevllla, nee Lint, born near Berlin, Somerset 
County Pa, died at her home In Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 2. 

1912. of sclerosis, aged 71 years, 8 months and 6 days. She Is 
survived by three daughters, seven sons and on© grandson. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 


Her husband. Bro. George Kinney, one of tho early preachers 
of the church in this section, has been dead some twenty 
years. Services by the writer from Psa. HC: 49. — ^VirgU C. 
Finnell, 1643 Lyon St., Des Moines, lowa. 

Bentz, Sister Susanna M., died within the bounds of the 
Midway congregation, Lebanon, Pa., Dec. 27, 1911, aged S6 
years, 9 months, and 14 days. She died of general debility. 
Her husband preceded her in death over forty-eight years. 
She was a membe* of the Church of the Brethren for more 
than thirty years. Four children are dead. Four daughters 
and one son survive her. Services by Bro. J, L, Wilhelm and 
Eld. E. M. Wenger. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Interment at Hamlin, 
Pa. — A. H. Bruhacher, R. D. 7, Lebanon, Pa. 

Killer, Bro. John, died of old age. at the home of his 
daughter, in the Green Mount congregation, Vn., Dec. 17, 1911, 
aged 85 years, 2 months and 22 days. His wlfo preceded him 
several years. Services at the Mennonlte church at Mt. Clin- 
ton by Brethren P. S. Thomas and J. A. Garher from Psa. 39: 
4, L. ICatie Ritchie, R. D. 6, Box 25, Harrisonburg, Va. 

Morris, Bro. William, died at the home of his daughter, Si.s- 
ter Henry Bright, near Arcadia. Ind., Jan. C, 1912. aged 7S 
years. 5 months and S days. He was married to Roseann Mar- 
tin in October, 1860. To this union were born six children. 
With his wife he united with the Church of the Brethren about 
forty years ago. His wife and three sons preceded him in 
death. Three daughters survive. Services in the Arcadia 
church, conducted by Bro. Joseph Spitzer. Interment in the 
cemetery near by.^Sarah Kinder, Arcadia, Ind. 

UDumuert, Sister Nora, died at the home of her mother, near 
Menges Mill, Pa., Doc. 29. 1911. aged 27 years and 9 months. 
Services and interment at Pleasant Hill, by Bro. D. H. Baker 
and the home ministers. Text, Rev, 14: 12j 13. — Amanda K, 
Miller, R. D. 2, Spring Grove, Pa. 

Kyera, Bro. Andrew Jackson, born near Timberville, Va., 
Feb. 23, 1844, died of pneumonia at his home near Pleasant 
Valley. Va-, Dec. 30, 1911, aged 87 years, 10 months and 7 days. 
He Is" survived by one son and one brother. Services In the 
Pleasant Run Brethren church, by Eld. J. M. Kagey. assisted 
by Eld. Emmanuel Long. Interment In Early's graveyard. — 
Ida Frey, Bridgewater, Va. 

Hally, Sister Annie, nee MaysUlies, widow of Bro. John P. 
Nally, Sr., born near Hagerstown, Md., died at her home near 
Clarence, Iowa, Jan. 5. 1912, aged 71 years, 9 months and H 
days. Services by the writer. Interment In the Clarence cem- 
etery. She united with the church in her youth and was faith- 
ful to the end. Her husband preceded her three years ago. 
One Kon, one sister _and one brother survive her.— Dr. S. B. 
Miller, Cedar RapldsT Iowa. 

Nield, Sister Rachel C. born Dec. 31, 1853, died of stomach 
trouble, Nov. 26, 1911, at the home of her niece. Mrs. Annie 
Reeser, near Brownsville, Md.. aged 57 years, 10 months and 
26 days. She- was a member of the Church of the Brethren for 
a number of years. Services in the Brownsville church by 
Bro. N. P. Castle. Interment in the burying ground adjoining. 
— Laura E. Jennings. Brownsville. Md. 

Petre, Bro. Isaac, born April 11, 1845, died at lila home In 
^V,-lynesboro, Pa.. Dec. 13. 1911, aged G6 years, 8 months and 2 
iLiy:^. For some time Bro. Petre was afflicted with asthma, 
,Liid later with dropsy, but through It all he was patient and 
iL-signed. The writer and others paid many visits to his 
liome, and there, at his family altar, we enjoyed seasons of 
prayer that shall never be forgotten. He is survived by his 
devoted wife, two sons and one daughter, all of whom are 
members of the Brethren church. Services at his late home, 
No, 225 Park Street, by the writer, assisted by Bro. H. M. 
Stover. Text, 1 Cor. IB: 26. Interment In the cemetery ad- 
joining Price's church. — -P. D. Anthony, Waynesboro, Pa. 

Pool, John Alfred, little son of John W. and Ida M. Pool, 
born Nov. 8, 1305, died Dec. 5, 1911, aged 6 years and 28 days. 
He was stricken with malignant scarlet fever, and was sick 
only three days. He leaves his parents, one sister and three 
brothers. Interment In the new cemetery near Bournevllle. 
Ohio. Short seryices at the grave by Rev. R. R. Patterson, of 
the M, E. church. — Mary Sheely, Lyndon, Ohio. 

Beam, Sister Sarah, wife of Garret Ream, died at the home 
of her son, James F., near Quakertown, Pa., Dec. 3. 1911, aged 
76 years, 2 months and 23 days. She was a daughter of John 
C, and Elizabeth Horner. She leaves a husband and two sons. 
Interment at the Springfield church. Services by Bro. Jacob 
M. Booz. — J. W. Longacre, Richland Center, Pa. 

Bowe, Bro. Richard, born Sept. 16, 1866. In Posey County, 
Ind., died of consumption and cancer In tlie mouth and throat, 
at his home in Chitwood, Mo., Dec. 20, 1911, aged 45 years, .t 
months and 4 days. He was married to Viola Herrin Aug. 9, 
1888. Eight children were born to this union. He united witli 
the Church of the Brethren at the age of sixteen. He leaves a 
wife, three sons and one daughter; also four brothers and one 
sister. Services In the Methodist church by Bro. W. P. Bur- 
ress. Text, Rev. 14: 13. Interment in the cemetery near Zln- 
cite, Mo. — Anna Plant, Sprlngdale, Ark. 

Sapert, Sister Anna J., nee Shellenberger, wife of Bro. J. 
M. Rupert, born In the Lost Creek Valley, Pa.. Nov. 27, 1850, 
died of pneumonia near Reedley, Cal., Dec. 16, 1911. aged 61 
years and 10 days. The greater part of Sister Rupert's life 
was spent In Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin Counties. Pa., 
and for a time In the city of Huntingdon. Prom there they 
moved to Colorado, later to Canada, and finally to Reedley, 
Cal. She is survived by her husband and four children. Serv- 
ices by the writer. Text, Philipp 1: 21. Interment in the 
Reedley cemetery. — D. L. Forney, Reedley, Cal. 

Sellers, Sister Elmira (nee Miller), wife of Eld. J. H. Sellers, 
born near Jeromesville, Ohio, Dec. 14, 1838, died Dec. 15. 1911, 
aged 73 years and 1 day. - She was reared in North Manches- 
ter, Ind. Jan. 19, 1858, she was united In marriage to Bro. 
Sellers. To this union eleven children were born. Two sons 
and on© daughter preceded her. She leaves ber aged husband 
and eight children- She was raised in the Lutheran faith, but 
later in life she and her husband united with the Church of 
the Brethren, In which she faithfully served the church as the 
wife of a minister and elder until the Master called her from 
her earthly home, where she had resided since 1861. She was 
an esteemed ladv. Services by Eld. Daniel Wysong, assisted 
by Eld. E. S. Shively. Text, 2 Tim. 4: 7 (her own selection). 
— Rose Shively, Bremen, Ind. 

Sowers, Sister Catharine, nee Stermer, wife of Samuel 
Sowers, born April 4, 1847, died Dec. 28, 1911, aged G4 years. 
8 months and 24 days. She lived in the bounds of the Upper 
Codorus congregation, York Co., Pa., up to about the last four 
months when she, being unable to care for her wants, made 
her home with one of her nieces. In the bounds of the Hanover 
church. Pa., where she died. She was a great .sufferer from 
an Internal cancer for a number of years, and often longed 
for the end to come. Interment at Black Rock, Pa,. Dec. 31. 
Services by the writer, assisted by Brethren G. M. Resser and 
David Smith. Text, Psa. 39: 4. — E. S. Miller, Llneboro, Md. 

Thomas, Bro. James F., died at his home in Inglewood, Cal.. 
Dec, 16, 1911, aged 65 years. His death came as a decided 
shock to all, as he was seemingly enjoying good health up to 
a few hours prior to his death, which was caused by hem- 
orrhage of the lungs. Services by Bro. J, S. Snively, of Long 
Beach, Cal., assisted by Eld. Wm. J. Thomas. Interment in 
the Inglewood Park cemetery. Bro. Thomas served the church 
many years as a deacon and trustee, and will be greatly 
missed. He leaves a wife (our Sunday-school superintendent) 
and two daughters. — Jennie A. Stoner, Inglewood, Cal. 

Young-, Mrs. SalHe. died nar Pernello, Franklin Co.. Va.. of 
pneumonia. Jan. 2, 1912, aged 101 years and 3 days. Her hus- 
band preceded her in death thirteen years ago. Notwithstand- 
ing her age, she was able to attend to her garden. In part, last 
summer, and visited her neighbors. She was sick only a few 
days. Text, John 5: 28, 29; 2 Cor. 5 was also read. Services 
by the writer. — J. O. Boone, Ferrum, Va. 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 20, 1912. 


Editorial, — 

A Clear Head on Doctrine *J 

The X^w of Giving ■ ■ • ■ ■ ■ ' I, 

Among the Churches of California (D. L. M.) " 

The Abominable Thing (H. B. B.) ^J 

An Experience with a Church Paper »^ 

Delegates to District Meetings ^^ 

The Attractive Face 

The Brethren Not a Secret Order 

^^ Why We Believe .n Christianity. By James H. Morris, 34 
Recommendation of Annual Meeting. By S. N. Mc- ^^ 

Wpeok Number Two. By W. M. Howe " 

The Peace Prospect. By E. P. Yoder. ^» 

The Baptism Question. By H. A. Stalil ^» 

?V°oT„ Me; T/LfZ'i..^ BuVy- VneiV De^."' 'By 

Me.S?ir r pS^S •By-..-M: bIo;.;,:-:::::: » 

Til© Bouna Tabic, — 

OITensive Practices by Preachers —M. M. Eshelman. 

~ r?s;"i'e^rr^'u;Jsr„^i°E"/.a?S: 

Se7 Musll-GeorBe B. Family Reunion. ^^ 
—Emma T. Stutzman 

Homo and Family, — 

A Laodicean.— Elizabeth D. Bosenberger. 

. Thomas, B. D. 

1, Box 10, Brandonvllle. W. Va., 

Notes from Our Correspondents, 

(Concluded from Pago 45.) 


"■'ii;i;,^le'oi»\ ciurcl, me. in council Dec 29. A "umber ot 
vlfm™ bretnren were with us Irom the Green M"""'; ^'J^ 
Kock, Briaeewater and NokesvUle congreeatlons i wo letters 
ot membership JJ"" f' „ B^thren ..^S.__^^ J. H. 

Sg"t:°an?-re»mme'nU T p.a„"to a.vlde the ,."^''0/^^ »' 
Unvllle Creek congresatlon. Our new church, built O" a New 
Dali ol, win be dedicated Jan. 14. The superintendents lor 
The dIKerent Sunday-schools have l''^" "f "'""?■ ,,'^'V"„,''.f 
nlnnn nir tor better work this year. Brethren Andrew Fltz- 
water and S K Kline had singing at Cedar Run church each 
evenlnrdurln" the Holidays. They used ■• KlnBdom Songs 
Tnd wm contrnue to sing the songs In their S"nday-schoo . 
Two young sisters have been baptised since our last report. 
«" cose U,e work of 1911 and open the """" """^ "^ "' 
pages pure and while. What shall the record be?— Catherine 

R Kline, Broadway, Va., Jan. 9. . , . , 

Pleasail Valley (Second Dlstrlet).-Our church met In coun- 
clijan 1 Eld. Peter Garber presided. The minutes or the last 
meet'°g weS read and adopted. Quite an »™7»' «' ""f "^^'^ 
was attended to. Four members were received by letter, ana 
Th^tee.' letters were granted. Bro B. "■ «'"« J°' /„f f,^ 
Sunday-school superintendent for the year. Officers for the 
cristlan Workers' Meeting were elected for six months, with 
E OB F. Garber as president. Eld S. J^- JJUlcr has beejwc- 
lalned on the missionary committee.— Ruth E. Williams, 

-^^Ce-^'Scrme? IncLncil Jan. C. Eld. L. M. Weddle pre 
sided One letter was granted. One brother was received by 
baptism. Church olBcers were elected for the coming year. 
We decided to continue the first and fourth Sunday appoint- 
ments Jan. 7 Eld. L. M. Weddle preached an able sermon for 
us. One was baptized, — Lizzie Spangler, R. V>. 2, Box a4, 
Floyd, Va., Jan. 10. 


East Wenatobee.— Dec. 10 the Majestic Valley Sunday- 
school reorganized as follows: Bro. Ralph Ikenberry, super- 
intendent; Ruth Grayblll. secretary-treasurer. We have de- 
cided to hold a series of meetings as soon as a minister can 
be secured— Elva Wliltmer Kale, Wenatcliee, Wash., Dec. 30. 

OlymplQ.— On Saturday evening before Christmas we met at 
Ihe church when an appropriate program was rendered by the 
young people. At the close a collection of $32.10 was raised, 
to he used toward the erection of our new churchhouse, which 
we need very badly. The following Tuesday we convened in 
council We reorganized our Sunday-school and Christian 
Workers- Meeting. Bro. J. Secrist having received his new 
book '■Creation. Time and Eternity." he gave us five Inter- 
esting lectures. He will leave us on Friday for Taklma, 
Wash where ho will conduct a Bible Institute and also a 
series of meetings. — Caddie Wagner. Olympla, Wash., Jan. 2. 

Tekoa church met in council Dec. 30. Our elder. Bro. H. C. 
Longanecker. presided. Two were received by letter. Our Sun- 
day-school and Christian Workers' Meeting were reorganized. 
Bro R F. Hlner and Sister Jennie K. Hale were cliosen as 
superintendents; Bro. Karl Llnscott. secretary; Bro. Joseph 
HufTman, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting, and 
Bro. Mark Erlckson. secretary-treasurer. Eld. J. Harman 
Stover of California, came to us Jan. 1 and preached for ua 
Jan 2 3 and 4. His visit with us was highly appreciated, and 
we hope that his coming may be more frequent. Jan. 1 about 
thlrty-flve of our members gave a grand surprise to our pas- 
tor and wife. Brother and Sister Longanecker. After singing 
several song.'^ we had a short talk by Bro. Stover, and then 
enjoyed a season of prayer. Then Brother and Sister Longa- 
necker expressed themselves, as best they could, for the good- 
will shown toward them in their work here. The rest of the 
evening was spent In social conversation. At 10; 30 all started 
for home, feeling that we had a good start in the new year. 
We expect Bro. George C. Carl, of Portland. Oregon, to be with 
ua in a series of meetings, beginning Jan. 14.— R. F. Hlner. 
Tekoa, Wash., Jan. 10 


Maple spring-.— On the morning of Dec. 34 Bro. Jeremiah 
Thomas, of Bruceton Mills. W. Va., opened a very interesting 
Bible term, continuing until Sunday evening, Dec. 31. He also 
preached with great earnestness each evening during the week, 
and we feel that all have been greatly inspired and encouraged. 
Quite a number of brethren and sisters from other congrega- 
tions were present, which made the meeting much more Inter- 
esting A collection was taken at the close of the meetings to 
help bear the expenses of the term.— Pearl A. Hamstead. 
Eglon, W. Va., Jan. 10. 

Salem^We met in council Jan. C. Bro. Calvin Wolf pre- 
sided. Considerable business was transacted. Church omcers^ 
for the year were elected, with Bro. James Thomas, clerk; Eld. 
Jeremiah Thomas, treasurer; the writer. Messenger corre- 
spondenL Missionary solicitors were appointed for the differ- 
ent preaching points In the congregation as follows: Sister 
May Thomas, for Salem; Bro. John Maust, for Canaan; Sister 
Estella Guthrie, for Guthrie; Sister Mae Thomas, for Moun- 
tain Grove. It was decided to begin a series of meetings Sept. 
14 and continue two weeks, with a love feast Sept. 28. Next 
Sunday we will organize our Sunday-school for the year.— 


•""■ '■ WISCONSIN. 

Cornclion.— My recent report of our Thanksgiving oKenng 
reads " SH.26 contributed by the Wordon church. It should 
have been S4.25.— Cora Byer, Stanley, Wis., Jan. 8. 
Wliite Bock.— Our church met In council Jan. 6. Our elder. 
Bro Wyatt Reed, presided. Five letters of membership were 
granted. The following officers were chosen tor one year: 
Bro Wyatt Reed, reelected elder In charge; Bro. Psaltcr.s 
Akers clerk; Bro. li M. Reed, trustee; Bro. Wallace Akers, re- 
appointed on the Temperance Committee for three yars; Sis- 
ter Ollle Hurt, chorister; the writer. Messenger correspondent. 
—Hassle E. Hurt, Copper Valley, Va., Jan. 6. 

Weston church met m council Dec. 29, at the home of our 
elder Bro. Eoncwitz. He Is unable to attend services at t,ie 
churchhouse, on account of his recent Illness from pneumonia 
Bro. Metz presided. Not many were present on aocojiiit of I 
being a very stormy day. A collection of 86.25 was taken foi 
Sneral expenses. A Bible term was considered, but, on ac- 
Snrit ™r flnancial situation, was deferred.-Ada E. With- 
ers, Weston, Oregon, Jan, 8. 

Borne Blver church held a special Thanksgiving service Dec. 
30 Bro L B. Overholser conducted the services, after which 
an offering of 811.16 was taken, "'•'='' "",,S'»«°/"J"'''/ 
wlde Missions. Jan. 6 we met In council, with our elde , Bro. 
S E Decker, presiding. Officers were elected for the follow ng 
siK months. Bid. M. C. Llnlnger was ol'"»» /f ■"JJ"-" "'near 
flock; Bro. William Stump, treasurer; Sister L. B. Mlnear 
clerk the writer, correspondent. Sunday-school officers were 
elected, with Bro. U B. Overholser as superintendent. Sister 
Velma Fager, secretary; Sister Overholser, president of the 
oSrlstlan Workers' Meeting. The collection for home expenses 
was 86 40- Pauline Overholser, Box 25, Talent, Oregon, Jan. 8. 
Morrill church met In council Dec. 30. Our home elder pre- 
sided. The church work was attended to In order. We elected 
our Sunday-school officers, with Bro. Percy Doge reelected su- 
perintendent.— Ora Carter, Foley, Minn. 

Clear water.— Bro. J. Harman Stover, of Macdoel, Cal., came 
among us Dec, 13, and while with us preached twenty-two ser- 
mons Three came out on the Lords side and await the rue 
of baptism, and four were reclaimed. The church met in coun- 
cil Dec. 26. Bro. J, Harman Stover presided. Thirteen letters 
of membership were received. Bro. J. S.Lahman was elected 
as trustee; Brethren Van IClrk Mascy and John End were re- 
elected Sunday-school superintendents; Bro Ear Harlaoher 
secretary. Sister Sarah Sutphln was elected president of the 
Christian Workers' Meeting; Sister Ethel Maxcy, secretary 
B?e"hren Van Kirk Maxey and Elmon Sutphln were advanced 
fo the second degree of the ministry, and later .'^cy and heir 
wives were duly Installed. The writer was reelected church 
Srk! Messenger agent and eorrespohdent.-Bertha E.senblse, 
Lenore, Idaho, Jan, 8. 

Saaitee,-Our union Sunday-school was reorganized today 
for the year 1912. The writer was elected superintendent Sis- 
ter Mary Johnson, secretary. Our school uses the Brethien 
literature. The Mission Is progressing. Two families of mem- 
bers from San Diego were with us on Christmas. Some aie 
looking Oils way from the East. We expect to organic a 
Lhurch in tho near future. Brethren seeking a new home In a 
mUd climate should see this valley, where ^cv can help the 
cause and themselves at the same time. We need workers 
here to help the causa. We have a mild climate, good laml^ good 
schools, and are striving to do the Master's work.— E, W. 
Pratt, Box 52, Santee, Cal., Jan. 7. 

Madden View church met in council Jan. 6, with Eider J. H. 
Grayblll presiding. Bro Grayblll was retained as elder for 
1912. Other officers were elected as follows: Bro. E M. Wine, 
clerk; Bro. J. W. Bllckenstaff. treasurer; the writer corre- 
"pondent and Messenger agent. Our little church held serv- 
ices In a schoolhouse Since our organization, over a year ago. 
We are now building a churchhouse In the new town of Bow- 
mont— Mary Elickenstaff. Bowmont, Idaho, Jan. 9. 

DalevUlo— We are in the midst of a soui-insplrlng Bible 
terrn Brother and Sister Dong, of India, are here. Their work 
sTne Bro Geo. W. Flory, of Covington. Ohio, Is conducting 
he evangelistic services. Eight ""f =/°™"'' »"!, =™'^^;£ 
Christ last night, making ten In all to date.- D. N. Eller, Dale 
vine, Va.. Jan. 12. 

Ponora.— Wo have had the coldest weather Iowa has experi- 
enced for over flfty years. The thermometer registered as low 
as thlrtv-tour degrees below zero, and even lower than that, 
sometimes The later works are frozen up at P^""" J» ,7™ 
the mains and the tank. Consumers are supplied scantlij bj 
direct pressure through the mains only. A whole train load of 
cattle was frozen near Council Bluffs, roads ^jn^ railroads are 
blockaded, and traffic and traveling are very "new'^ln- fnn'l" 
school and Christian Workers were delayed in organizing. At 
Bagley the Sunday-school elected Bro E I^' 7=«1 'VAust'ln 
tendenl; Sister Frances Ulrieh, «"el<"->„;f' =tet ^1^»- -^"f^^; 
corresponding secretary and treasurer; Bro. Guy Flscel. choi 
ster Tt the Panora house Bro. Chns. H. Knight was elected 
superintendent; Sister Alma Royer, secretary- Slstel Cora 
Haughtelln, corresponding secretary and treasurer, Bro cn.av 
Reynolds, ihorister.-J. D. Haughtelln, Panora, Iowa, Jan. 1- 
Centralia.— Our church convened In council Dec. 23, with 
our elder, M, F. Woods, presiding. Christian Workers Meet- 
ing was reorganized, with Bro. Chas. Deeter, president, and 
S°iter Ada Hylton, secretary. Sister Maynro Faldley was 
elecLd Messenger agent. As a Christmas offering, one deal 
young soul gave her life to Jesus and was baptized. Our Sun- 
?lay-sohool gave a very appropriate program on Sunday, Dec. 
24, and an offering of 83 was taken for mission work.— Anna 
Mvers, Centralia, Wash., Jan. 13. 

pantlier Creek church met In council Dec. 23, at 10 A. M., 
with Eld J H Baker in charge. New Sunday-school officers 
were elected, with Bro. R. C. Bryant as superinteiident, and 
Sister Lizzie Yordy. secretary. Sister Mary Swutzer was 
chosen church correspondent for the year.-Elsle Noftsinger, 
Benson. 111.. Jan. 11. 

Doer pars Dec. 30 our church met In council, with Eld. 

W H. Elkenberry presiding. Brethren C. D. Reeves and Wil- 
liam Dye were elected church trustees; the writer, church cor- 
respondent and Messenger agent. We also elected new Sun- 
"a/-school officers. Bro. Herbert G. Reeves Is our super.,- 
lendent; Sister Sarah Elkenberry, secretary-treasurer. V.'<! 
now have a mission point three miles west of Moose Lake, 
and hold services every first and third Sunday of each month 
Tt "'30 P M The services are well and regularly attended. 
'vvhl"cl. Is encouraging.— .Mrs. Herbert G. Reeves, E. D. 1, Box 
34. Earnum. Minn.. Jan. 8. 

pleasant View.— We met In council Jan. 6, with Eld. J. &. 
Zlgler presiding. Three were received by letter, and one letter 
was granted. Bro. Thomas W. Jones was reelected as our su- 
perintendent for this year.— Anna F. Sanger, Box 46, Bragg- 
vine, W. Va., Jan ■"" 


The Olive Branch 

of Peace and 

Good Will to 

:: Men :: 

By S. F. SANGER and D. HAYS 

C The doctrine o£ nonresistance as taught 
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faith in God, that feeling of brotherly love, 
tha' unyielding fidelity to the teaching of 
Christ's Gospel, which characterize the true 
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No. 4. 



Sweden's Recognition of Woman's Rights. 

While England and the United States are still debating 
thepropriety of granting the complete franchise to women, 
Sweden has cut loose from any old-time traditions and is 
giving her women the same voting power as the men. 
Every Swede over twenty-four years of age, and not under 
;iny legal disability, now lias the right to vote at the va- 
rious elections, to the general benefit of the country. King 
Gustaf, a remarkable and far-seeing monarch, declares 
liimself. in a public announcement, as being well pleased 
with the extension of the ballot to women. He anticipates 
that a healthy moral tone will be imparted to all pending 
questions when the women of the country have a chance 
at their wise disposal. 

knows what will be the next great change. And yet it is 
well to remember that the God of nations is still at tlie 
helm, and to the soul that trusts him fully there is absolute 
security and everlasting peace. 

Catholic Opposition to Bible Distribution. 

Not satisfied with crowding the Bible out of the public 
schools of the country, there is now a concerted effort be- 
ing made by Catholic leaders to remove the Bibles from 
the hotel rooms where they have been so favorably re- 
ceived and so. greatly appreciated by the traveling public. 
The plea is made that the version used,— the American Re- 
vision,— is "a spurious edition of the Holy Scriptures." 
While they may succeed, in a few cases, to banish the Bi- 
Ijle from the hotels where it is now to be found, they will 
fail to accomplish their purpose in the many hostelries 
that are only too glad to have the Sacred Volume in their 
rooms. U is passing strange that any one claiming to be a 
Christian should object to the mcst commendable distribu- 
tion of the Holy Scriptures, as started by the " Gideons." 

Putting Idol Images to Practical Use, 

Recent cable reports announce that the reform element 
of China has so thoroughly lost all reverence for the idols 
hitherto worshiped, that the targe bronze images of their 
gods are relentlessly demolished, and turned into money. 
Thus, eventually, the idols will prove of real value to the 
new Chinese republic by swelling its monetary resources. 
There is hope for the idol worshiper when he is willing 
to destroy what he once worshiped, but it is better yet if 
he can be induced to devote himself, and all his posses- 
sions, to the worship of the Living God. With many ot 
the heathen temples converted into assembly halls for the 
preaching of the Gospel, as has already been done, it 
would be no more than fitting that the money, coined from 
the bronze images, be used in the extension of the Gospel 
to the farthest ends of the Chinese Empire. 

King Alfonso's Clemency. 
The young monarch of Spain, by his commutation of the 
dcoth sentence hang'ng over Corral, the leader of the 
Cull?ra revolutionaries, has proved anew the tact fulness 
of his statesmanship. While it is to be regretted that his 
cabinet, disapproving of such an act of royal clemency, 
saw fit to resign, there is no question that King Alfonso 
has endeared liimself to the rank and file oE his people by 
the conciliatory course pursued. The day has gone by 
when tyranny can ruthlessly persecute and punish tin- 
leaders of so-called reform movements without a well-ad- 
vised process of law. In matters of state as well as nf 
church, it is of the utmost importance to be fair and im- 
partial to even the worst transgressor. Generally speak- 
ing, it is better to err on the side of mercy than to ein- 
ploy harsh and injudicious measures that can not fail to 
antagonize and destroy. 


Thousands of Chinese Dying. 

Under date of Jan. 16 great distress is reported from' 
Manchuria. Thousands of starving people, whose homes 
and crops were swept away by floods, are dying of cold 
and hunger in refugee camps. Near Newchwang more 
than 100,000 people are in dire distress. One of the most 
unfortunate features is the fact that, owing to the ab- 
sence of missionaries from the scene of the present suffer- 
ing, relief supplies at hand can not be adequately admin- 
istered. It is announced that immediate arrangements will 
be made by the leaders of the present reform element, 
insuring that supplies can be forwarded in safety to the 
suffering .ones. It is one of the mobt distressing features 
of the present disturbances in China that in some sections 
her people are so scantily provided with food supplies 
that thousands must die before adequate help can reach 

them. — - 

The World's Unrest. 

To the lover of peace and harmony, there is something 
decidedly discordant in the records of the last few days. 
South America enters the arena of martial contests with 
two of her States. In a battle in Ecuador one thousand 
men were slain in the struggle for supremacy, while in a 
Paraguay encounter two hundred of the nation's soldiers 
sacrificed their lives in defense of the cause they espoused. 
Turning to China, we see the ancient Empire still in the 
throes of political reconstruction. With the reported ab- 
dication of the Manchu dynasty, the way seems to be clear 
for the new republic, provided the northern provinces fall 
in line with the plans already accepted by the southern 
provinces. From Germany come the reports of socialistic 
gains which, while not as large as at first reported, are 
formidable enough to cause serious apprehension for the 
future stability of the imperial throne. Surely, we are liv- 
ing in the days of most momentous changes! Amid the 
many startling developments, from day to day, one hardly 

The African War Still Continuing. 

A severe engagement between Italian . and Tllrki^h 
forces is reported to have taken place near Tripoli, during 
which hundreds were killed before the Turks were driven 
back to the desert. Practically no real gains have been 
made by Italy during the last few weeks, and it is daily 
becoming more apparent that, by the joint inediatiim 'if 
the neutral powers, a settlement between the contestants 
will have lo be effected ere long. Already step.s are being 
taken by which Germany's foreign secretary, llerr von 
l-Ciderlen-Wacchter, is to meet the Italian oilicial ;it Rome 
fur a discussion of possible conditions u( i)eace between 
Italy and Turkey. By Italy's payment of an imiemnity, 
lurkey is to be compensated for the lo,ss of Tripoli. As 
history has conclusively shown, again and again, no war 
has ever been waged, the inciting cause to which could 
not have been adjusted on a basis perfectly acceptable lo 
all, and without the shedding of a single drop of blood. 
Emerson truly says: ;' Learning and art, and especially 
religion, weave ties that make war look like fatricide, as it 

really is." 

" Somebody Forgets." 
Though, during the rtcent, lung-continued cold wave. 
there was a great deal of suffering in all parts of the coun- 
try, and especially among the poor of uur cities, it is cheer- 
ing to know that, to a large extent, liberal and generous 
givers materially mitigated the rigors and hardships of the 
icy blasts by donations of food, fuel and clothing. The 
best efforts, however, failed to reach every case. One liUlc 
waif, from a poverty-stricken section of Chicago, found 
his way to a mission school and became greatly interested. 
Some one, desiring to shake the child's faith, asked him: 
" If God really loves you, why doesn't he take better care 
of you? Why doesn't he tell some one to send you a 
better pair of shoes, or coal enough to keep you warm?" 
The boy thought a moment, then said with streaming eyes, 
'■ I guess the Lord docs tell somebody, — but somebody for- 
gets." Have we ever thought of it as we should, — that 
we are the Lord's almoners to those in need? And, know- 
ing our duty, have we been among those who "forget"? 
Does the "inasmuch" of Matt. 25: 40 inspire us lo prac- 
tical deeds of benevolence? 

Important Changes in France. 
Some of the recoiit events in France were well calculated 
to test the permanency of the republic. Defalcations, in- 
volving millions of dollars, in which Premier Caillaux and 
other high ollicials were concerned, necessitated an im- 
mediate change of the cabinet. It appears that commercial 
gains, in connection with the late Franco-German treaty, 
were allowed to be consummated to the advantage of both 
I'rench and German linauciers, but lo the serious dishonor 
of the republic. The new cabinet, under the leadership ui 
Premier Kaymond Poinacre, seems to have the full con- 
lideiice o^t ihe people, and there appears to be general re- 
joicing that a threatening crisis has been safely passed. 
Once more au important lesson, us to the value of integ- 
rity and honesty, has been taught Ihc h'reuch people ami 
the world in general. It can not be impressed too strong- 
ly, ill days of public and private departures from the 

path of rectitude. — - 

Improved Methods. 
The National Soil Fertility l.eayue,— au organi/ation of 
western men, interested in the improvement of agricultural 
methods in the United States, — is urging a bill providing 
federal appropri.itious for farm inslructiou under the di- 
rection of the State Agricultural Schools, it is planned to 
bring the best melhods, known lu scienlilic agricullure, 
within reach of every farmer in Ihe United Stales, and to 
this end appropriations are a.sked from the (iovernment, 
supplemented liy similar amounts from each Slate, This, 
will, undoubtedly, be conducive In belter and more re- 
munerative crops, and thus help the general prosperity 
of the country most materially. In this conneclion one can 
not help but wish that a like* zeal might he disidayed for 
the mural and religion.'^ uplift of Ihe race. Wc gladly 
spemi millions for imi)roved methods in farnilug and the 
industrial pursuits, forgetting, all the while, that the moral 
and spiritual improvenienl of the luunan race is of far 
greater value. ' Willi all thy Kellinn. nel Muder-.l;uiding." 

Much Cause to Rejoice. 

While the daily press of the country is apparently taking 
a great delight in dilating upon the shortcomings and de- 
linquencies of several ministers who recently "fell from 
grace," but very little notice is taken of the many who, in 
the faithful discharge of their duties, unnoticed and un- 
heralded by the great outside world, prove themselves to 
be veritable heroes of faith. To this class belongs a faith- 
ful frontier missionary in Alaska who, in the performance 
uf his pastoral duties, covers thousands of miles on snow- 
shoes, with only an Indian guide. At times the mercury 
goes down to fifty degrees below zero, but the intense cold 
does not deter the faithful worker. This clergyman is a 
physician and general helper to the Indians. He advises 
them in all knotty problems, marries them, and buries 
their dead. Often he walks hundreds of miles on a single 
trip, but he counts no effort too great to serve the lowliest 
member of his flock. The experiences of this and scores nf 
other frontier workers that " count not their life dear unto 
themselves," go far to atone for the failures of the few, and 
demonstrate 2new the genuineness of the Christian re- 

An Important Biblical Discovery, 
It is gratifying lo know that at least a part of Mr, J. 
I'ierpont Morgan's millions are to further the resources 
uf Bible study. At considerable expense the noted finan- 
cier has secured practically the entire library, once belong- 
ing to the old Coptic Monastery of St. Michael in the 
Egyptian I'ayyinn, The interesting discovery uf these 
literary treasures was made some months ago by a com- 
pany of Arabs, who found the receptacle in which the 
manuscripts had been hidden by the monks in a time of 
danger, thus being preserved practically uninjured. 
Through his agent Mr. Morgan secured nearly the entire 
collection, and it is now a part of the library that bears 
his name. Prof, Hyvernal, of Washinglun, the leading 
.■\inerican scholar in the Coptic language, i.s now at work 
on a translalion of the manuscripts. Most of them, for- 
tunately, are of the Bible, covering a large part of both 
the Old and New Testaments. Going back to the second 
century of our era, it is hoped to lind, in tlicse ancient 
manuscripts, much that is of intense interest to the Bible 
student. The linding of even a single Bible manuscript 
is always of value; the discovery of a whole library is, un- 
questionably, truly remarkable. 

War's Enormous Burden. 
Some remarkable statistics have been gathered by Mrs. 
Elmer Black, President of the Propaganda Committee of 
the American Peace aii<l Arbitration League, from which 
we glean the following: The world powers are now bur- 
dened with $35,000,000,000 of debt, mainly due to war and 
preparations incident thereto. In the United States sev- 
enty-five per cent of our annual expenditure is for mili- 
tary purposes. At present the nations of the world arc 
.spending $2,000,000,000 a year on armaments lo annihilate 
each other, if need be. At least 16,500,000 men are with- 
drawn from productive labor lo serve in army and navy, 
entailing a productive loss of nearly $4,000,000,000 a year. 
For every dollar spent for education England spends $4.25 
for militarism; France, $4.30; Austria, $4.50; Italy. $9; 
Russia, $12. Every nation except Switzerland pays more 
for militarism than for education.- even our own United 
States. What the world is spending for war preparation, 
annually, would keep 32.000,000 young men in educational 
institutions for an equal period. Each battleship added to 
the United States navy deprives us of resources Uiat would 
maintain fifty manual training schools. The mere up-keep 
of each baltlesh-p is $800,000 per year, or $28,000,000 for 
twenty years, including construction costs. Then it goes 
to the scrap-heap, and we keep on building more ships. 
But will we ever learn the utter foolishness of it all? 


l-HE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1914. 


Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a worltman that necdeth 
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing tlie Word of Truth 

The Coming Day. 


The day will dawn when trials cease. 

And final vict'ry's won 
O'er sin, through him who brought release, 

'Twas God's beloved Son. 

The day will dawn when earthly things 

Shall pass fore'er away; 
Then let us seek the life that brings 

The joys of heavenly day. 

Tlie day will dawn when earth shall fade, 

And Christ shall come once more; 
And we shall gather to his aid 
Dwell with him forevermore. 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

A Bible School for India. 

(An Appeal.) 


Among the most pressing needs of the India mis- 
sion field at the present time is a Bible-school. In- 
deed, it is very urgent that we establish this school 
soon, if we wish to meet the demands of the hour in 
occupying and evangelizing otir field. Let us see now 
just why this is so pressing. 

Certainly all will agree that missionaries are still a 
necessity on the mission field, and will be for years to 
come. Their work is largely that of organizing, shep- 
herding and training. But a most important factor in 
real efifective mission work is the native worker (or 
missionary) who fills a place that the foreign mission- 
ary can never fill, and without whose help the mis- 
sionary's work is very inefiicient. A missionary can 
do some work alone, but he can do infinitely more if 
he has, under his direction, a band of native workers. 
The most potent work a mission can do is to raise up 
a good, strong force of native workers from among 
her own converts, who will be leaders in the church 
and evangelists among the non-Christian, And this 
every mission is striving earnestly to do, and in it we 
dare not fail. 

Our mission in India has about sixty workers at the 
present time, but we ought to have six hundred. What 
wonderful work we could accomplish with six hun- 
dred of our own faithful workers ! A mission can not 
prosper with borrowed or imported workers. We 
must have our own, but we will not have them unless 
we raise them up, and this is the work before us. 
How will we get them? 

It is not enough simply to have a large number of 
workers, but these workers must be trained and con- 
secrated. An untrained worker can do some work, 
but a trained worker can do much more and can do 
it better. Every missionary prays that the mission 
church may become self-supporting and self-propa- 
gating, and the best way to answer this prayer is to 
train up a band of men and women who will become 
true and efl^cient leaders in the church. What a noble 
work I 

The sixty workers that we now have are not trained 
workers, and the fault is not theirs, either ; it is ours. 
We have not given them an opportunity for training, 
but have kept them at work too closely. They are do- 
ing good work for the chance they have had, but what 
they sorely need is a good Bible training, and prepara- 
tion of heart to correspond. True, we have not been 
idle. A Bible course has been arranged and followed 
for several years. The missionaries have helped their 
workers for a week or more each year, and sometimes 
a short Bible term was held at District Meeting, but 
this is entirely inadequate to meet their needs. We 
can not hope for much progress while they are re- 
sponsible for their work at the same time. They have 
not learned to study in this way. Then we must re- 
member that the opportunities for self-help in India 
are very meager, for all the Christian literature in the 
language will fill but one small shelf. 

Again, about half of these workers are from the 
orphanage, so you will know that they are young and 
inexperienced. They had the advantage of Sunday- 

school work and daily Bible lessons in the orphanage 
for years, which is good, of course, but by no means 
an adequate preparation for mission work. There are 
many opposing forces in India and many of them in- 
telligent, so that it becomes absolutely necessary that 
the native worker and missionary be well qualified. A 
good, intelligent Christian is a very valuable asset in 
the Christian community. How much more the work- 
er who gives all of his time to the work of evangel- 
ism I 

Keenly realizing this great need, the field committee 
of the India Mission on Dec. 13, 1910, decided to es- 
tablish a combined Bible and Normal Training-school 
There is no other solution to the problem. This Bible- 
school we need and must have. Among people of oth- 
er religions, and other religious books, our converts 
must know the Christian religion and the Bible well, 
especially those who are to be leaders. We need teach- 
ers, preachers, pastors, evangelists, etc., but we must 
raise them up and train them. These we now have 
must come in for more training, and those who are 
growing up in the Christian community, — the young 
and hopeful, — must have the advantage of this special 

In the normal training department it is planned to 
give the students what will prepare them for school- 
teaching. At present there is but one such school for 
boys and but one for girls in our language, and there 
tlie capacity of the school is so small that only the best 
can enter. For the otiiers there is nothing, either in 
the government or other missions. This is a great 
need that we piust meet if no one else does. We are 
suffering for the lack of this school now. 

In asking for a Bible-school now (we ought to have 
had it before), we are not making a big demand. 
Through the kindness and foresight of Eld. D. L. Mil- 
ler and the Mission Board, our church at Bulsar was 
built for school purposes also, so we already have all 
the class-rooms that will be needed for years to come. 
How splendid ! 

But what we do need are twenty dormitories for the 
Bible students to live in. Every house in Bulsar is oc- 
cupied, so we can not hope to open this school until 
these rooms are built. These rooms are to be perma- 
nent, so we propose to build of brick, and for this we 
ask only $120 for a room. It was hoped that twenty 
congregations or individuals could easily be found 
who would gladly give $120 for one room, and thus 
the call appeared in the Gospel Messenger, and in the 
Missionary Visitor last May. 

.But listen ! The Sheldon church in Iowa has al- 
ready promised money for one of them ; the Phila- 
delphia church, in Pennsylvania, for two; the Sunday- 
schools of Western Pennsylvania, after supporting 
one missionary and pledging the support of another, 
voted money for one ; Bridgewater church in Virginia 
pledged two, and the students of the college another; 
an organized Sunday-school class of sisters at Eliza- 
bethtown College are raising money for one ; at Juni- 
ata College, Huntingdon, Pa., the Christian girls ob- 
ligated themselves for one, and the Whatsoever Band 
for another, and an energetic layman made himself 
and friend responsible for one. And so, as the need 
has been made known, there has been this splendid re- 
sponse, making us sure of eleven of these rooms al- 
ready. God bless the donors in a special manner and 
reward them for the sacrifice and interest manifested 
in this cause. We are rejoiced and make the appeal 
for only nine more, and feel sure that these will be 
quickly supplied. I beg your pardon. A brother at 
Johnstown promised Bro. Royer money for the twelfth 
room, and so only eight remain. Now, who else wants 
to share in this splendid work? It is the opportunity 
of putting money where it will do great good for 
many years. God bless the work of this school ! 
Anklcsvar, Ind. 

Since writing the above, I was very happily surprised, 
on the last Sunday we spent in America, in the Shade 
Creek church, Pa. An aged sister gave me her personal 
check for one room; the Scalp Level Adult Bible Class 
raised money for one and turned it over; and the Shade 
Creek church in her Thanksgiving offerings and mission- 
ary offerings, this day. made up money enough for a third. 
Later a brother and sister at Rummel gave one. 

Praise the Lord for this response, and may he give a 
liberal reward to the donors! Now only four rooms re- 
main. — ^J. M, B. 

Representation on the General Conunittee. 


No sooner was the plan of 1866 adopted, and each 
State District given the duty to choose her own repre- 
sentatives on the General Committee, than there be- 
gan to be more and more changes in the representation 
of that body. It was evident to the most casual ob- 
server that the delegates of a State District were more 
competent to choose their own representatives than 
one or two elders for the whole Brotherhood. 

In six years there were less than one-third chosen 
to succeed themselves on the next or any succeeding 
General Committee, and this has been emphasized in 
each succeeding decade! 

But as there were several Districts that seemed to 
have only one elder that would do to serve on this 
most responsible Committee, the Conference decided, 
in 1891, to limit the time of service to two years out 
of four. The arguments used in making this limita- 
tion were: (1) Share the labors with others, or, if it 
please you better, share the honors. (2) Widen the 
experience of more of the elders or bishops. (3) In- 
crease the confidence of the General Brotherhood in 
the General Committee. 

Incredible as it may appear. Conference had con- 
siderable difficulty in understanding this regulation, 
and still more in carrying it out, for the Minutes show 
that several brethren served three years out of four. 

To meet that issue, the Conference decided in 1897 
that no brother can succeed himself as a member of 
the General Committee. This has worked very well. 
It has brought many new men into active acquaintance 
with the great problems of church government, and 
into most pleasant acquaintance and fellowship with 
each other, as well as procured the most available 
talent in the church, and assured the fullest confidence 
in the General Committee. 

Now, as less than one-third of the members are sent 
again, when the Districts have a chance or the right 
to do So, the second year (sometimes less than one- 
sixth), why make a rule that two-thirds must go 


According to the arrangement proposed, if the elder 
proves somewhat deficient in talent, unworthy in char- 
acter, or unfaithful in service, he may serve two more 
years unless some recourse is taken to annul the for- 
mer action. And as the State Districts hold their an- 
nual sessions with the delegates ready to choose, 
would it not be more judicious to elect under proper 
restrictions each year, than to try to correct a mistake 
or misfortune of that kind? 

The fact may be stated, in corroboration with the 
foregoing position, that, in the last quarter of the for- 
mer century, one hundred and twelve elders only served 
once, and seventy only twice. Many of these, doubtless, 
gave as faithful service as those who served oftener. 
It demonstrates that our Brotherhood believes in di- 
viding the labors, sharing the honors, and thus increas- 
ing the efficiency, sufficiency and proficiency of her 
most influential Committee. 

It has been said that there are ofttimes some ques- 
tions of the preceding year pending that could be 
handled more successfully if some of the former com- 
mittee were present. Could not some of the former 
Committee be called before the General Committee, if 
needed ? This has been done. This would be better 
than to go to the extreme of the pending query. 
There may, however, be a better way. I shall discuss 
that in a later article. 

Brookville, Ohio. 

Why We Believe in Christianity. 

Reason Number Four. 

We believe in Christianity because of its mission, 
— to save from the power of sin and death. Jesus 
says, " I come not to call the righteous but sinners to 
repentance." " For the Son of man is come to seek 
and to save that which was lost." "Come unto me all 
ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you 

If that is the mission, how well has Christianity 

tHE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, a912. 



fulfilled it? Can it save or is it only the theory and 
not the practice? Who has ever been saved and when? 
As preliminary read Jolin 5 : 24, " Verily, verily, I say 
unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on 
him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not 
come into condemnation ; but is passed from death kji- 
to life." Paul tells the Colossians that they have been 
raised and quickened through Christ. Col. 2: 13, 
"And you. being dead in your sins . . . hath he 
quickened together with him, having forgiven you all 
trespasses." Also, to the Ephesians he says about the 
same thing, "And you hath be quickened, who were 
dead in trespasses and sins." 

Paul then says of himself, when relating that mar- 
velous experience on his way to Damascus: "And T 
persecuted this w^y unto the death, binding and de- 
livering into prison both men and women. . 
And it came to pass I made my journey. . . . And 
I said, What shall I do. Lord? . . . Arise and go in- 
to Damascus. . . . The God of our fathers hath 
chosen thee, that tbou shouldest know his will and 
see that Just One, and shouldest hear his voice. . . . 
For tbou shalt be his witness xmto all men of what 
thou hast seen and heard. . . . Having therefore 
obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, wit- 
nessing both to small and great, saying none other 
things than those which the prophets and Moses did 
say should come." 

Again, in Gal. 1: 11-17 we read, "For I make 
known to you, brethren, as touching the gospel which 
was preached by me, that it is not after man, . . . 
but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ." 

According to Paid's own words, did Christ have any 
effect upon him? His life at the beginning was 
against, and at the end was heartily in favor of, Chris- 
tianity. No, even stronger than that, — Paul must 
pi each that and proclaim it broadcast. 

Let us next look at John's experience, as to the con- 
verting power of Christianity: "That which we have 
heard, that which we ba\"e seen with our eyes . . . 
declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fel- 
lowship with us: yea, and our fellowship is with the 
Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. . . . And 
this is the message which we have heard from him 
and announce unto you, that God is Light and in him 
is no darkness at all" (1 John 1: 1-6). This is the 
noble testimony of a man who knew the mission of 
Christianity and how much power it had to carry out 
that mission. 

Mot only the Inspired Record, but men since then 
come to us with the same testimony. In tlie early part 
of the second centiuw occurred the martyrdom of 
Polycarp. As he looked up to heaven, he said : " O 
Lord God Almighty, the Father of thy beloved and 
blessed Son, Jesus Christ. Iiy whom we have received 
the knowledge of thee, ... I give thee thanks that 
thou hast counted me worthy of this day and hour, 
that I should have a part in the number of thy mar- 
tyrs, in the cup of thy Christ, to the resurrection of 
eternal life, both of soul and body, through the incor- 
ruption imparted by the Holy Ghost. Among whom 
may I be accepted before thee this day as a rich and 
acceptable sacrifice. . . . Wherefore also I praise 
thee for all things. I bless thee, I glorify thee along 
with the everlasting and heavenly Jesus Christ.- . . . 
With him and the Holy Ghost be glory both now and 
to all ages. Amen." It surely would be difficult to 
find a better statement of Christian doctrine outside 
the Bible ! 

In the same manner we might go into detail and 
find tliousands of testimonies of men during the first 
six hundred years of the Christian Era, but these are 
sufiicient to show that the Gospel has met every re- 
quirement and has proved itself to be a real saving 
religion. But, lest you think that all the testimonies 
are two thousand years old, we will use some of more 
recent date. The same old power lies in it as ever be- 
fore, and it saved men in the nineteenth century as 
surely as it did in the first and second. Luther, in the 
sixteenth century, was a remarkable example and 
many others can also bear testimony. 

S. H. Hadley, of New York, comes with his testi- 
mony, as to how he was lifted from the gutter, from 
ilie saloon, even from the very throes of death, a 
drunkard's grave, and eternal punishment. What 

stronger proof can we have tlian the testimony of liv- 
ing men, or men that have lived near our time' 

All these are all right and help, but none will con- 
vince you of its power like the one you can tell from 
the heart. Has the Gospel power to save? Yes, it 
saved me. I have felt its power. I am not now on 
tlie downwarti road. I do not enjoy swearing. I do 
not enjoy stealing. More tlian that, I am changed in 
relation to the univer.^^e. Ciirist is uppermost in my 
life. The strongest testimony any of us can oflfcr is 
that the Word saves sinners like we were. 

\Vhen reading of Beattie's crime, I felt that were it 
not for the grace of God, T might have been that 
wretch. Were it not "for the grace of God, I might bo 
behind prison bars, or lying yonder in the ditch, or 
spending my evenings in some den of vice, or gam- 
bling Iiell. 

" Now, shall a man wlio is still imder the power and 
dominion of sin, with this great remedy, which has 
saved, and is continually saving thousands all around 
him, entirely within his reach, shall he waste his time 
in speculations and inquiries in regard to the maimer 
in which Christianity came into the world? No. come 
at once and secure the remedy. It restored others and 
can restore you. Come and be saved by it ! " 

Lonisrille, Kv. 

We kindly in\itc all members, and especially min- 
isters who may be passing through this way, to slop 
with us and hold some meetings for us. May the 
Lord so direct that some minister will make up his 
mind to locate with us! 

Oticoitta. .-//(I., ./(7;). 10. 

The South a Great Mission Field for the 


TitAT the Soutli is a great mission field for the 
Brethren, is no longer a question. It is truly a great 
field, practically untouched by our people. There are 
thousands of people here who have never heard of the 
Brethren as a religious l)ody. It has been my privilege 
to meet people from various parts of the South, and 
Ijut few have any adequate knowledge of us as a peo- 
ple. I am fully persuaded that if a part of our evan- 
gelistic force were to be distributed over the Soiilli. 
a great work could be done. 

The people in this part of the Soutli are very well 
educated. Their social qualities are hard to excel. 
The population of the rural districts is composed of 
people in the common walks of life, — not at all aristo- 
cratic. They are a church-going people, and nnich 
given to singing. It is not an uncommon thing to go 
into a two or three-room house and find an organ and 
a variety of music books lying on the table. 

Feb. 1, with my family, I arrived in Blount County, 
Ala., to make this our home. We were prompted to 
locate at this particular point mainly because of its 
healthfulness, as wife and I felt the need of a better 
climate. Since we have located here we more fully 
realize the need of mission work in this great .South- 
land. The great developed and undeveloped resources 
of this section make it a very promising place to live. 
And while its wealth is being rapidly developed, its 
religious possibilities are very much neglected, I can 
see no reason why the Church of the Brethren could 
not do a great mission work here. 

This is a good agricultural country. Land is cheap. 
We plead for some ministering brother, as well as oth- 
ers, to locate among us and help to spread the Gospel 
news. Who will come? 

Dec. 6 Bro. D. H. Zigler, of Broadway, and Bro. T. 
W. Miller, of Singer Glen, began a series of meetings, 
continuing until Dec. 17. The weather was very rainy 
most of the time. The attendance was small, but we 
felt that the good seed sown by our lieloved brother 
has lodged in some hearts and will, in time, bring 
forth a harvest. Bro. Zigler preached with great 
emphasis and power, holding forth to the people 
the plain doctrines as tauglit in the Bible and practiced 
by the Church of the Brethren. May the Ixird bless 
him for his earnest efforts in preaching, and Bro. Mil- 
ler for his good singing. 

Bro. Nead, of the Limestone church, Tenn,. came 
while the brethren were with us, and remained ttne 
week. He went from here to Fruitdale, Ala., and 
thence to a mission point in Mississippi. He promised 
to stop v/ith us on his return and preach for us. He 
will be our elder, as he has charge of the mission 
points in this part of the South. He will come to us 
twice each year and preach for us. 

The City Church Problem. 

15V OLiN F. Sll.\W. 

Some remarks, editorially, in the Messenger re- 
cently, by our Oflice F.ditor, lead me to give expres- 
sion to some pent-up convictions on the above topic. 
.'Vftcr having spent eight of the best years of my life 
in the closest, ^■ital contact with the problems of city 
church work, 1 have no besilancy in asking for an 
audience with the church, to be heard on the subject. 

The past quarter of a century sliould Iiave been rich 
in experience for the Breliircn, and should have taught 
us valuable lessons, and yet I am frank to admit that 
with us it is as yet an unsolved problem. I make this 
statement with no sense of shame reflecting upon us. 
as a denomination, for city cliurch work is no less a 
problem with our sister denoniinalinns than with our- 
selves, neither is it any less an unsolved problem. As 
was suggested by our Editor. -to look upon some of 
nur mission points where years of faithful effort have 
been put forth, and where not a few thousand dollars 
have been spent, and yet no church, is not a pleasing 
sight to look upon. Nor is it a whit more pleasing to 
look upon very strong churches becoming rapidly de- 
picted of their membership, and their pews abandoned, 
and yet this has also been, and is, the experience of 
many city churches. I am not preaching the funeral 
of city work among us. I am emboldened to .say that 
I have faced but not solved every problem and harrier 
to city church work, and yet I write as one who has 
the utmost contidcnce in our ability, linth to biiilil and 
to maintain churches in the city. 

The scriptural injunction is thai parents shall nur- 
ture their children in the cha.stcning and adinonilion 
of the Lord. For twenty-five years wc have endeav- 
ored, by our actions, to reverse thi.s instruction, and 
have tried to win the parents for the Lord througli the 
children. There is no grander nor noi)ler cause in the 
world than that of saving the children, and 1 would 
not have us abate our efforts in that direction in tlie 
least. Let us love the children as our Savior loved 
them; let us do all in our power to .save Ihein, Riil 
the Divine Plan is to save the children through the 
home and the parents, and it i.s allogether improhahle 
that any number of years of persistence in our hither- 
to adopted methods will ever change the Divine Idea. 
Hitherto we have hoped, and endeavored to build up 
city churches, by gathering in children imd .schooling 
them for mcmhership. and through Ihem lo be able to 
reach the parents. Naturally enough, we have allowed 
ourselves lo think that, as long as there are large in- 
gatherings of children, nn'ssion work is prosperous. 
If there is any one lesson more than another that 
twenty-five years of experience should have taught us 
it is that, so far as church-building is concerned, cln'b 
(Iren mean nothing. I speak of city mission work in 

ff I have reasoned well, thus far, then we are face 
lo face with the real i)robleni of the city church, 
namely. Mow to interest and to hold the home makers 
and adults? And a i)roblem it is, too. The task of 
winning the child is a nuich more inviting one because 
nuich more simple and easier. We may not be ready 
to accept the proposition now, but sooner or later we 
must, that the entering wedge, — the key to the conver- 
sion of the home, — are the home-makers. Many good 
impressions may and doubtless have been made, and 
much good seed sown, I)nt as for practical results in 
church building, so far they have been nil. 

To concentrate our efforts, or even to place the ma- 
jor stress upon winning the children, has at least two 
ruinous effects upon the adults. First, by helping on 
the already conceived idea that the whole church insti- 
tution is especially for women and children. If we 
want to reach men we must appeal to men. Second, 
it helps parents to excuse themselves when others as- 
sume the responsibility of giving to their children re- 
ligious training. ^ 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 

The man of the present day is a high type of busi- 
ness character, — particularly the American man. He 
glories in great business enterprises, and this being the 
case tlie work of evangelizing the world should be held 
before men as the greatest undertaking ever set on 
foot in the history of the world, and as being worthy 
of the thought and cooperation of the greatest gen- 
iuses in the world. 

At the age of twelve Jesus was burdened with the 
thought of his Father's business. Of infinitely more 
importance is it that, in this age of commercialism, 
and of giants in business ability, our church work be 
given a thoroughly business aspect. A Sunday-school 
superintendent advertised a warm doughnut for each 
new pupil on the following Sunday and got 150 chil- 
dren. Doughnut appeals will never win men for the 

In the opening up of a new work in any city, let the 
impression go out from the first that we are here on 
business, — to build and establish a church. My impres- 
sion is that the time is here for us to quit going into 
old, run-down churches, deserted by other denomina- 
tions, where the abiding impression to the community 
and to every passer-by is that of an institution just in 
the throes of death. Nothing is more erroneous than 
the idea that large and costly 
edifices, pianos, pipe organs, etc., 
are necessary to draw people to 
the churches, and yet it is highly 
important that we remember 
that old, run-down churches, 
halls, and empty storerooms are 
most uninviting places to people 
wiio are considering a church 

.A.bove all things oui* places of 
worship ought to have a home- 
like appearance, and not that of 
a town or village hall. I am in 
full and hearty sympathy with 
tlie plan of our Office Editor, of 
endowing, at the beginning, 
every mission point with suffi- 
cient rentable property to make 
it self-supporting, the title of 
which shall be vested in the local 
or General Mission Board, to be 
diverted to other points at such 
a time as said church shall be 

able to stand alone. By this method the money spent 
at each point could be, in a large measure, if judicious- 
ly invested, recovered by the sale of the property. 

As population tends rapidly toward urban life, and 
social conditions become more complicated, the prob- 
lem of the city church is ever becoming more and more 
perplexing. Let the church be much engaged in prayer 
for power and guidance of the Holy Spirit for the sal- 
vation of the city._ 
Dixon, III. 

and not at night. I shudder to think what might have 
been and only thank our kind Father that he does all 
things well, even in our apparent misfortunes. No 
life was lost. No one was hurt. And that was worth 
more than if the building had been saved and lives 
lost or even limbs seriously injured. All were ready 
to lend every help, and showed a sympathy that only 
disaster could call forth. The homes, all over town, 
were thrown open and the College was urged to send 
the homeless boys to them for shelter. The boys were 
temporarily located, and the following day were as- 
signed to homes for the rest of the year. 

How the fire originated is the question. Did a 
spark fall to the roof? Did theJieat of the chimney 
become too great? Did the chimney have a defect? 
Who knows? Near the top of the chimney is a black 
streak which hints at a defect in its structure. How 
it started and why it destroyed the property, God 
knows and we have the firm assurance that he does 
all tilings well. Even in the day of loss he rules, and 
he certainly ever rules well. Only the bare walls of 
Old Sandstone stand out in grewsome outline, while 
the smoldering embers still send out smoke and a few 
sparks. Gone but not forgotten, for how could a 
building that has had so much to do with the making 

The Burning of Old Sandstone. 

President o Mt. Morris College. 

January 15, 1912, will always be a memorable day 
for Mount Morris College. It was 1 : 30 P. M. when 
several noticed the scent of smoke. A hasty examina- 
tion proved the belfry to be ablaze, and though earnest 
efforts were made by teachers and students at once, 
it was soon seen that the fight would be a losing one. 
The fact that the fire was right by the entrance to the 
garret was a serious hindrance to successful resist- 
ance. The fire company soon came, but the severe 
cold had rendered some of the hydrants useless. The 
students rescued what could be saved, but the teach- 
ers considering life, — especially, human life, — more 
valuable than earthly goods, saw to it that none should 
take unnecessary risks. As a result the loss was very 

But there were several reasons why all rejoiced and 
did not feel like weeping at the time, even though 
dear Old Sandstone, so close to the hearts of all who 
saw it, passed away in smoke. The wind was in our 
favor, coming from the Northwest. That preserved 
the other buildings. The disaster came in day-time 

Morris College, 111., Jan, 

of men great in state and church, cease to be with 
those into whose very life it had poured their best? 

Bro. Royer used to tell us, " These old walls 
speak." They do. And now they speak louder than 
ever. Said a good Methodist sister, whose hairs are 
gray with many summers, "And what made it so dear 
to me is the fact that I accepted Christ in that good 
old chapel." Hers is the memory of many others. 
AH over our Brotherhood are men and women, minis- 
ters, missionaries, Sunday-school workers, laymen, 
deacons, home-builders, teachers, farmers, bankers, 
merchants, who can bear a similar testimony. Who 
knows how far the influence of Old Sandstone has 
gone or will go? As I write these lines, I think of 
Bro. Royer, whose history is so intimately interwoven 
with Mount Morris College, a man who spent his life, 
not in making money, but in making men and women 
for the Lord's work. Had he wrapped his fortune 
up in the material of Old Sandstone, it would all be 
gone. But he made his wealth consist of the men and 
women he trained, and fire nor time can destroy their 
work for good. And what I say of him may be said 
of others, such as Brethren M. S. Newcomer, John 
Lahman, Jos. Amick, and D. L. Miller, not to mention 
scores of others. 

You want to know the history of Old Sandstone. 
Here are the dates, but its history is the story of its 
products, — names familiar in State, like Hitt, Rawlins. 
Wallace, CuUom; in our own time household names 
like Stoner, Stover, Myers, Emmert, Lichty, Ross, 
Diekhoff, Royer, Hoover, Long, Eikenberry, Moore, 
Hoff, Harnly, Hays, Flory, Highberger, Heckman, 
Vaniman, Carpenter, Miller, Ryan, Mahan, Lear, 
Metzger, Horning, Eby, Barwick, Gilbert, Smith, 
Yoder, Brubaker, -Forney, Price, Young, Buck, Ban- 
nan, Shute, Piper, Dawson, Shaw, Arnold, Ritten- 

liouse, Nofsinger, Sanford, Newcomer, Clair, Hol- 
singer, Trostle, Canode, Culler, Fike, Falkenstein, 
Beery, Early, Gibson, Goshorn, Cripe, Gnagey, 
Shively, Sherrick, Keiser, Blickenstafif, Hendrickson, 
Nefif, Nickey, Petry, Eckerle, Shick, Taylor, Ullom. 
Yundt, Lahman. 

But to return to the dates. The idea of Old Sand- 
stone dates from Sept. 9, 1850, when bids were asked 
for to erect it. The contract was let May, 1851, work 
was begun 1852. In 1854 they still needed $6,000 to 
complete the building, and in 1855 it was completed. 
It was remodeled in 1896. There it is, in time and 
dates. But work, not dates, counts. 

So much for the past. What of the future? The 
same evening a mass-meeting was held by the College* 
and citizens, and many speeches were made, showing 
that tliough we were down, we were not out, though 
burdened we were not dead. All expressed hope, be- 
lieving that, -phcenix-like, we would rise from this 
younger, better and stronger. The citizens immediate- 
ly started, on their own initiative, a paper to assist 
the students who lost heavily, and who are in need. 
Many of the students have asked that this help be 
given to those who especially need it, as their own 
home folks will take care of them. It might be well 
for those who have students 
with us, to look and see wheth- 
er they can not help them in 
some way to replace a part of 
their loss. Especially should 
this be an opportunity to help 
your young ministers whom you 
have asked to prepare for the 
work in your home congrega- 

The students have formed an 
organization whose purpose it is 
to secure funds for rebuilding. 
The trustees are in session, as I 
write these lines, and will care- 
fully canvass the ground as to 
what is the best course to pur- 
sue. Bro. D. L. Miller wires as 
follows from the Pacific Coast: 

"One thousand dollars for new 
building. Cause for rejoicing that 
no one was injured. Push rebuild- 
ing with all possible energy. Your 
motto good, — ' Burned out but 
never dead.' Misfortune will prove* 
a blessing in disguise. Old Sandstone must rise from its 
ashes. Hope is always singing, ' It is better further on.' " 

We know the work will be pushed because the 
Lord's work demands it. It is his work and he will 
not allow it to suffer. Neither do I believe that his 
chosen will be found lacking. One student said if 
every student, who ever lived in Old Sandstone, 
should make an offering, in less than a month funds 
would be on hand to put up a twentieth century build- 
ing, with equipment such as our students have in their 

The college lost the furnishings for 47 rooms. This 
must be replaced for school by next fall. Here is a 
proposition that was made by a former student, who 
has the interest of the college and of the church at 
heart: , "It will take $50 to fit a room. I believe 
there are forty-seven churches or Sisters' Aid Socie- 
ties that will consider it an opportunity to practice 
their teaching by agreeing to stand for fitting one 
room." This certainly strikes me as a practical way 
of aiding at a time of need. I will be glad to hear of 
such as favor this idea, and give directions as to some 
of the articles that can be made at home. Others 
could be purchased by the College in bulk to better ad- 
vantage. I wish those who wish to share in this mat- 
ter would write me at once for particulars. Already 
six rooms, at $50 each, have been pledged on the above 

Our Aid Society is busy sewing for the boys, mak- 
ing such articles as they especially need. Nothing has 
come to the College in years, perhaps at no time, that . 
has called out the sympathy to such an extent and 
from so many quarters. It is now Thursday and the 
mail is bringing in word from many quarters, that 
shows Mount Morris College has a grip that clings 
not only in prosperity but in the direst calamity. The 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 


drls of the College have organized and they are do- 
ing their part towards making the small things for a 
room that make the room a big thing in a boy's heart. 
After all we must have a building finished and fully 
equipped by the opening of school. Sept. 4. Whether 
to rebuild Old Sandstone, build a New Sandstone, or 
an Alumni Hall, will be decided later. On building 
the trustees are fully united. Bro, Miller telegraphs 
$1,000. the insurance is $5,000. The loss is fully 
$30,000. This leaves a shortage of $24,000. But we 
nnist build for the future. The future will demand 
more than the past. The trustees expect your sup- 
port. They know tliat all the friends of the College 
will rally to its support. When they call on you, or 
meet you, give them a glad welcome. 

Much might be said. The picture shows you some- 
thing of the fire. Many pictures were taken and the 
drug store of our village has post cards by the hun- 
dred, sold two for a nickel, all of which will give you 
the story of the progress of the destructive fire. 
Above all things, may we not depend on your prayers 
daily, in this time of apparent loss, that the Lord may 
be with us and lead us now and always? 

Mount Morris, III. 



The Bible speaks of two kinds of pleasure,^legiti- 
mate and sinful. The drift of humanity, today, would 
indicate a sign of the last days, — people are " lovers 
of pleasure more than lovers of God " (2 Tim. 3:4). 
The modern conveniences of the present generation, 
which should serve as a mighty factor in the work of 
the church, in spreading the Gospel to new sections, 
and in the building up of churches, are being largely 
used by the lovers of worldly pleasure. Automobiles 
and trolley cars are taxed to their utmost, carrying 
loads of humanity to parks and pleasure resorts, while 
many of the church pews are empty, echoing back the 
voice of the minister, who is vainly trying to preach 
to empty seats. " Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth ; 
and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, 
. . . but know thou, that for all these things God 
will bring thee into judgment" ("Eccles. 11: 9). 

" Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom " 
(Prov. 15: 21). Paul says, " She that liveth in pleas- 
ure is dead while she liveth." Dead, while living,— 
wonderful thought! The "Goddess of Fashion" is 
being worshiped by its multiplied thousands. The one 
great aim of many seems to be to decorate the body, 
and to gratify sinful desires at the expense of millions 
of money and the lives of thousands of animals and 
birds. Above all this, the immortal soul is sadly neg- 

Please read the parable in Luke 16: 19 and Eccles. 
2. Truly, "The wages of sin is death " (Rom. 6: 23). 
Tiie conditions named are among the greatest hin- 
drances of tlie cause of Christianity (Luke 8: 14). 

Two questions may be asked: (1) What is tlie cause 
of this sad state of things? (2) Where is the remedy 
to be found ? 

As an answer to the first question I would say, A 
lack of teaching against those evils on the part of 
those who, as ministers of the Gospel, hold the very 
responsible position entrusted to them. 

As an answer to question No. 2 I would offer the 
following, Let there be more positive, comprehensive 
teaching against the evils of worldly pleasure, dealing 
with sin 'specifically, and let there be more living of 
the simf^lc Christ-life, thus showing to the world the 
true pleasure of Christianity. 

One of the most deep-seated characteristics of man 
is to imitate others, and desire to have that which is 
pleasing to the setises, therefore there is great need of 
every Christian living aright, that others may see, and 
long to have that which they are most in need of. As 
long as the devil can get people to think there is great- 
er joy and pleasure in his kingdom, than the Chris- 
tians show in theirs, the masses will go that way, flock- 
ing together like flies around a candle, until they are 
scorched to death. 

There be many that say, " Who will show us any 
good?" "Lord, lift thou up the light of thy counte- 
nance upon us ! Thou hast put gladness in my heart, 
more than in the time that their corn and wine in- 

creased" (Psa. 4: 6, 7). "The light of the righteous 
rejoiceth. but the lamp of the wicked shall be put out." 

As a motto for all we offer the following: "By 
faith Moses when he was come to years, refused to 
be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing 
rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than 
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming 
the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treas- 
ures in Egypt ; for he had respect unto the recom- 
pense of the reward " f Heb. 11 : 24-26). 

Neffsz-illc. Pa. 

Afterthoughts on Christmas. 


The song of the angels, "On earth peace, good will 
toward men," as heard by the shepherds in the fields 
of Judea, has reverberated often in many parts of the 
earth, but the deep meaning and significance of that 
proclamation has never reached " all people " yet. 
\Vhat a message ; " Beliold T liring you good tidings 
of great joy, which shall be to all people." 

If the hundreds of thousands of dollars, spent an- 
nually for Clu'istmas trees, mistletoe and holly (relics 
of pagan superstition and idolatrous worship) by 
those professing to venerate the Babe of Bethlehem, 
were given to carry the thrilling message of salvation 
to those in darkness and superstition, how many poor, 
Ijenighted souls might rejoice in the saving power and 
knowledge of the Christ Child, instead of bowing to 
stocks and images, the workmanship of man's hands! 
Millions of dollars are spent for Cliristmas trees, — 
denuding tlie mountains of their beautiful forests. 
Still further sums are spent for superfluous trim- 
mings, that do not add to the reverence and glory of 
the Babe of Bethlehem, neither do they add to the 
comfort nor the spiritual uplift of the people. They 
do not afford warmth nor food to the poor, half-naked 
and half-starved sufferers that are found all over 
the world, and especially in the large cities. These 
millions are spent for decorative objects, to gratify 
the carnal vision for a few hours, then to be thrown 
into the junk pile as absolutely worthless. Oh ye, that 
profess to love the Babe of Bethlehem, is this what the 
Iieautiful song of the angels means to you? "Where- 
fore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? 
And your labor for that which satisficth not? " 

" O hasten, happy time, when \vl- 
At peace witli all mankind may be. 
And man to fcllowman shall say, 
Behold the dawn of tliat glad day 
Which ushers in the Ciiristmas year 
With endless love and lasting chctT. 
O tarry not, good will and peace 
Of Christmas that never shall cease." 

Oh, that the spirit of the Christmas song of peace 
might cover tlie earth, and fill all the people. Many 
of the nations are rent by revolution and bloody wars. 
While Christmas cheer of peace and good will is being 
heralded and proclaimed l>rOadcast tluoughout all 
lands, war and revolution are in full blast. The cele- 
bration of the world-wide proclamation, " On earth 
peace, and good will to men," avails but little in the 
general world uproar. In China, Persia, Italy, Tur- 
key. Mexico, and other places, the sword is drawn, 
and death, misery, suffering and weeping are filling 
the lands. Women are being made widow.s, and chil- 
dren fatherless as a result of cruel war. 

Let all that revere the Babe of Bethlehem, and that 
love peace, unite their moral powers and energies, as 
a mighty army of peace, and press, with irresistible 
force, the principles of peace, until great navies and 
standing armies shall be things of the bloody past. 
Then billions of dollars, spent by the governments of 
earth for the propagation of war and the destruction 
of human life and property can be directed into the 
channels of peace and good will to men. Then the 
banner of the Prince of Peace will be unfurled, and 
it will wave with resplendent glory and beauty over all 
lands. Then, and not till then, will the full meaning 
and significance of Christ's mission to the world be 
realized by the nations of earth. 

" Dear Christmas time, fain would we make 
Thy spirit dwell, for all men's sake, 
With us throughout all time and lands, 
Let open heart and open hands, 

Not for one <!;iy in each short year. 

Rut tlic year round, preach far and near 

The gospel of Kood will and peace, 

Let joy abound, — may love increase!" 

The spirit and intent of Christmas arc greatly 
missed in many of the gifts bestowed at Christmas 
time. God gave his Son to the world, because the 
worUl nec<ied him. hence the Gift was a great blessing 
lo the world, and the world was benefited beyond all 
c^linialc by the Gift. Today many of tlic gifts are 
worthless, and do tlie rocipienls no good whatever, but 
are often injurious. 

.^gain; the Gift of God was uusclfisli and impartial, 
reaching all classes and conditions of the human fami- 
ly. Tn many instances today, there is selfishness and 
partiality used in the distribution of gifts on Christ- 
mas, The rich give costly presents to those who arc 
amply able to supjity their own needs or wants, and 
often fail to give to those in need, who arc not able 
to iiuy even the most needful things. Gifts of neces- 
sary things to such would prove a great blessing to 
Ihcin, and bring cheer and gladness tn their humble 
homes and hearts. 

How many homes arc cheerless and how many 
hearts arc sad because of poverty and want! "God 
bless me, and make mc a blessing to them," should be 
(he plea and spirit of those who arc blessed with a 
surplus of this world's good.s. If you give only to 
those who give to you, wiiat thanks have you? 

Much of the distress and sufFcrings of tlic poor, 
could be turned into gladness and contentment, if the 
spirit and intent of God, in giving his Son lo the 
world, were imilaled not only at Christmas time, but 
at nil limes. A'Tillions of dollars arc spent diu'ing Ihc 
Christmas season that do not bring one particle of 
reverence nor honor In the Babe of Bethlehem, nor 
do these gifts make ihc world one whit hctlcr. 

My brother, my sister, how many of these misspent , 
wasted dollars did you spend? These wasted millions 
could have been so directed, and so used, that they 
would have been an untold blessing to mankind, bring- 
ing good cheer, peace, and salvation lo many dear 
souls, for whom Clu'ist suffered and died, 

What will the harvest be? What will be the rea])- 
ing of such sowing in eternity? Thank Gnd ;uid the 
good people for tlic Ciiristmas cheer and blessings 
that arc worthily bestowed in Christ's name I May 
good will and peace cnnlinnc lo mil on until lliey fill 
the earth. Then the foolishly spent millions of Christ- 
mas display will I)c dedicated lo the extension of 
Christ's peaceable kingdom. 
Morrill, Kavs. 


Our council was held Jan. 6, This closed llie iiusincss 
of tlic church for 1911, and conniienccd the work for the 
new year. We elected church and Sunday-scliool officers 
for one year. Bro. W. H. Bycr was chosen as elder in 
charge for one year; Rro. Harry Miller, cluirch clerk; 
Hrn. William Mock, church tri-asurer; Brellircn I*"rank 
Mock, and C, E. Verbcck were elected as a finance com- 
mittee; Bro. M. A, Vcrheck, Sunday-scliool superintend- 
ent; Sister Evelyn Verbcck, secretary. The church de- 
cided to put tlic work of the Christian Workers' Society 
into the hands of the president of Ihc society, and tiie 
writer was chosen president. Sister Ruth Verbcck was 
elected Messenger agent; Sister Ada Mock, church cor- 
respoiidcnt. Considerable business of minor imporlancc 
was disposed of very pleasantly. Two brethren signified 
their purpose to titiie their incttmc-s for this year. Especial 
tt-aching on tithing is to be taken up at once. The cluircli 
decided to meet in a special council Jan. 20, lo consider 
the advisabilily of arcepting the District Meeting for 1913, 
and to make definite arrangements for that meeting, if 
held there. 

The work of the cliurcli in general is fully uj) to condi- 
tions one year ago. Some severe trials and disappoint- 
ments have been experienced by some, but there is an 
underlying feeling of good fellowship among the members 
and in the community, which was proven to the writer 
and family on the evening of Dec. 20 when, on returning 
from prayer meeting, they found their borne occupied by 
mcml)ers and friendly neighbors, to the number of sev- 
enty. A most happy season was spent socially, and the 
writer's storehouse was materially replenished. These arc 
certainly oases in our life, never to be forgotten. Our 
work here is to close April 15, and we hope and pray that 
the Father may find a more earnest and more able worker 
for this field. W. H. Grecnawalt. 

Stanley, Wis., Jan, 12. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 


Our Finances. 


Proof of a Practical Plan. 
The request in a late Messenger, for articles upon 
given topics suggested to me the rehearsal of our 
financial plan, — not to boast of results, but to urge 
more practical work in church finances. 

Our congregation is composed of some forty mem- 
bers, about thirty of whom live in the city and con- 
tribute to church finances. The membership is com- 
posed of servant-girls, housekeepers, laborers, clerks, 
business and professional men, nearly all of whom are 
salaried workers. We have labored, by teaching and 
e-"caniple, toward a system of_tithing, — one-tenth or 
more of the income for various phases of religious 
work, and se\-eral are practicing it. 

Not all members contribute to every phase of work, 
but all are expected to aid in the support of the local 
church expenses. So we ask an assessment of 25 
cents or more, per month, per member, to defrav 
church expenses. Two years ago we expended $2,000 
in remodeling our church, since which time our ex- 
penses are somewhat increased and we now ask for 
this year 50 cents per month, per member, to defray 
insurance, janitor, fuel, lights, water, love feasts and 
Sunday-school supplies. 

Sunday-school supplies are |)aid from the church 
treasury, so all Sunday-school offerings, together with 
birthday pennies, go to mission work. For severa' 
years past our .Sunday-school of about forty average 
attendance, supported a nati\e worker in India. The 
past year we increased our offerings and added the 
support of a missionary to China, which is also our 
aim for the coming year. 

For several years our offering for World-wide Mis- 
sions is taken on Easter Sunday, following the 
Easter program by the Sunday-school. This is now 
our custom, — so understood and so announced. We 
usually take special offerings on Thanksgiving, Christ- 
mas, and Easter, as well as on other occasions as war- 
ranted. These, together with the Sunday-scliool offer- 
ings for missions, gives opportunity for all to give 
liberally, cheerfully, and "as the Lord hath prospered 

Our offerings for 1911 were as follows: To church 
expenses, $130; Sunday-school oft'erings for China 
missionary, $300; native worker in India, $50; special 
offerings, \\'orld-wide missions. District Mission, Old 
Folks' Home, e^■angelist, and several smaller offerings, 
$270, making a total of over $750. Over two-thirds 
of this was spent outside of our congregation. The 
plan has worked well for us. and so A\'e pass it on. 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

The Ministerial List for 1912. 


The Ministerial List in the 1912 Almanac contains 
the names and addresses of 3,0+9 ministers. This is 
an increase of 37 names over the list of 1911. We 
note that 470 ministers live in Pennsylvania, while In- 
diana comes second with 334 ministers living within 
her bounds. Virginia has 306 ministers, and Ohio 
comes next, with 268 ministers. Next in rank we find 
Kansas, with 212 ministers, wdiile Illinois follows with 
192 ministers. A number of these are at Bethany 
Bil)le School in Chicago. California has 127 minis- 
ters, and West Virginia follows closely with 124 min- 
isters. Iowa has 118 ministers, and Maryland follows 
with 115 ministers. There arc 52 ministers living in 
foreign countries. 

Fifty years ago we did not liave so many ministers, 
but notwithstanding their disadvantages they were 
faithful, and made many trips over hills and moun- 
tains for their Master. 

It seems that the Church of the Brethren should ac- 
complish a noble work with 3,049 preachers. But we 
must remember that these are not all active. Manv 
of them are superannuated, and are waiting to hear the 
call, " Come up higher." Many of our ministers are 
young but they are getting ready to take full charge 

of the work which the older ones are handing over to 

Every year quite a number of our ministers pass 
to the Great Beyond. During 1911 forty-four minis- 
ters fell asleep in Jesus. Among the number, widely 
known, we mention the following: Eld. Geo. D. Zol- 
lers, of Indiana: Eld. Ephraim \V. Stoner, of Mary- 
land ; Eld. S. S. Ulery, of Indiana ; Eld. J. W. Trostle, 
of California ; Eld. Wm. A. Anthony, of Southern 
Pennsylvania: Eld. J. S. Mohler, of Kansas; Eld. S. 
.'\. Shaver, of Virginia; Eld. Allen Ives, of Washing- 
ton ; and Eld. Jeremiah Gump, of Indiana. 

One of the oldest ministers that died last year was 
Bro. A. D. Gather, of Virginia. The youngest minis- 
ter that died last year was Bro. Fred L. Clark, of 
Nebraska, who died at the age of twenty-two years. 
Every year in the past has called a number of our 
ministers to their reward, and 1912 will be no excep- 
tion. Who will cross the chilly waters during 1912? 
We know not now. Perhaps some of our aged elders 
may be called to their reward. Then, again, it may 
happen that some of our ministers, still in the prime 
of life, will ere long be called away. 

Recently we noticed in the Almanac of 1908 that 
211 ministers, whose names appeared in the list of that 
year, have gone to the Great Beyond. Such is life ! 
Dear brethren and sisters, will you not pray more 
for our ministers? Let us all pray more for them, 
and aid them in any way we can. The Word of God 
says: " How beautiful are the feet of them that preach 
the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good 

Elicabctlitozvi!. Pa. 

What He has Done Others Can Do. 


During the fall I started a preaching point at the 
County Poorhouse in our community. There are eight- 
een inmates in the home, — mostly men, — there being 
only two women. Many nationalities and about as many 
beliefs are represented. Two are identified with the 
Church of the Brethren, and one is an applicant for 
baptism. We soon began to do personal work among 
them. Some took an interest, and especially one dear 
aged gentleman, seventy-six years old, who became 
quite interested. As a result of earnest teaching he 
has now united his sentiment with us and awaits bap- 
tism. Learning that we are opposed to the use of 
tobacco, he made the firm statement that, by the help 
of God, he would quit the "dirty habit." While he 
had been identified with another organization for 
forty years, he had used the weed for fifty years. 

On New Year's Day I went over to greet them, and 
inquired of the new convert how he and tobacco were 
getting on. He said :" I have quit. The superintend- 
ent came around the other day with cigars, and I told 
him, ' No, sir, I have quit.' " It has been nearly a 
month since the good resolution has been made, and I 
believe he means what he says. He needs our prayers. 

Talent, Oregon. 

A Shadow on Our National Capitol. 


Some months ago, while leisurely strolling through 
the Capitol Grounds on my way to my place of em- 
ployment, I was especially impressed with the sacred- 
ness of the morning. The trees were full of singing 
birds; the little grey squirrels, which abound so plenti- 
fully in our city parks, seemed to be playing " hide and 
seek" over the green grass, and up and down the trees. 
All nature seemed to declare the perfections of God as 
the morning sun arose in all of its splendor, shedding 
its bright ray upon the massive stately dome of the 
Capitol, from which our nation's flag was proudly 

At the northwest entrance to the grounds we ob- 
sen'ed a company of men standing around a cluster 
of ornamental bushes, while upon the ground, almost 
concealed by the shrubber)', lay a young woman about 
nineteen years of age. Her iiair was all disheveled, 
her dress ivhich was once white and of fine texture, 
was soiled and torn, while her countenance, beneath 
the marks of dissipation, betrayed evidences of beau- 
ty, culture and refinement. She was "dead" drunk 

and unconscious of the curious gaze of the passers-by, 
among whom, perhaps, were the law-makers of our 
land on their way to assume their respective duties in 
the halls of Congress. 

Eien though the great Capitol building was being 
bathed in the morning sunlight, it seemed as though 
it suddeidy became en^■eloped in a shadow, reflected 
from the unfo;-lunate scene near its base. This shad- 
ow was intensified by the realization that a young 
girl, just developing into the beauty and nobility of 
womanhood, liad fallen, an innocent victim of the 
liquor traffic, so near the public entrance to the build- 
ing, within the walls of which there were being en- 
acted laws, designed to be conducive to the social, po- 
litical and intellectual well-being of our country. 
Shadows of this nature shall continue to darken our 
homes, our respective communities and our law-mak- 
ing institutions jnst so long as our country's constitu- 
ents refrain from making the question a decisive is- 
sue. Brother, if that had been your child, which way 
would you vote the next time? 
S^J D Street, S. E.. Washington, D. C. 

I Ch 



The Work of Redemption. 

Gal. 4: 1-6. 

For Sundaj' Evening, Feb. 4. 1912. 
Christ paid the ransom price (Matt. 20: 28; 1 Tim. 2: 
5, 6). He atoned with God and redeemed us. 

I. By Taking Away the Adamic Sin (loliii 1: 29).— 

(1) For all— under the Law and under the Gospel (v. 5). 

(2) His atonement saves little children that die. For 
this reason little children are nowhere in the New Tes- 
tament spoken of as sinners. (3) No one will he lost on 
account of the .^damic sin (Isa. 53: 6). 

II. By Giving the Gospel as a Means.— (1) To get rid 
of our own personal sins (Eph. 1: 7; Titus 2: 14). (2) 
To cleanse, to purify and sanctify us (John 15: 3; 17: 17). 

(3) To provide for the redemption of our bodies (Rom 
8: 23; 1 John 3: 2). 

III. All This Was Ratified by Christ's Death, Making 
the Gospel a Power.— (1) To save all that believe (Rom. 
I: 16). (2) To condenni all who reject it (John 12: 48: 
2 Thess. 1: 7-9). (3) There is therefore salvation for all 
(Luke 2: 10; John 6: 37; 2 Peter 3: 9; Rev. 22: 17). 

All who accept Christ's atonement, on the conditions it 
is offered, will be saved. The conditions are: John 3: 7; 
Mark 1: 15; 16: IS; Acts 2: 38; 3: 19. How broad, how 
complete a redemption! If you and I are lost, it will not 
be because we had no opportunity to be saved. 


Why I Believe the Bible. 

John 5: 39; Rom. 10: 17; 15: 4. 

For Week Beginning February 4, 1912. 

1. Because It Reveals God's Will to Me.— It is not sup- 
posablc that God would create us in his own image and 
then cast us adrift in this world without a declaration of 
his purposes. No father would treat his children in that 
way. It is reasonable, therefore, that God is ready to hold 
some sort of communication with his people, and in a 
form and manner of the most permanent benefit to men. 
He might do this by angel ministry, through dreams or 
visions, or by some other agency, but none of these would 
convey the idea of permanency like a written word,— a 
word placed on record in a communication we can al- 
ways have with us. The Bible is, therefore, a necessity, 
because in no other way can we learn God's will concern- 
ing ourselves (I Peter 1: 23-25; 1 John 2: 3-6). 

2. Because It Meets My Need.— While some things, 
temporally speaking, can be done without a knowledge of 
the Bible, yet its teachings will go far to help us in a 
more thorough discharge of all our duties. Amid the 
uncertainties, disappointments and vexations of life we 
need a sovereign remedy, and that we find in the Bible 
alone It tells us that God loyes us, and sent his Son to 
help us in all the troubles and disappointments of life, to 
give us a better hope and a fuller love, and to satisfy the 
innermost longings of our nature. The Bible tells us of 
the pilgrimage Zionward, relieves our despondencies, 
brightens our solitudes and enlarges our ideals. It points 
the way to everlasting peace (Luke 4: 4; Psa 119- II 59 
103, 104). 

4. Because It Comforts in Life's Darkest Hours.— No 
other book can give such comfort in the sick-chamber and 
on the death-bed. Thousands of Christians have gone 
down into the land of silence, leaning upon it as upon 
the arm of a friend, consoled and cheered to the end (2 
Peter I: 3-11; 19-21). 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 





It may be just a cabin, quite lonely and low, 

But still it is home wherever you go; 

And there's nothing like knowing wherever you roam 

That though but a cabin you still have a home. 

You may dine with a king in his palace so grand 

And partake of rare foods, — the cream of the land, 

But way down in your heart there's a feeling makes 

That crusts are more sweet in a home of your own. 

You may live in a mansion surrounded by wealth 
And feel that you've gained this position by stealth; 
But not so your feelings in the cottage you own 
There^with your loved ones, is the sweetest home known. 

You may have gay companions and laugh with the rest 
But still there is lacking the thing you like best; 
You may say you are happy and widely may roam 
But still you will sigh for the pleasures of HOME. 

Yes, it may be a cabin quite lonely and low 
But still it is home wherever you go; 
And there may be found pleasures wherever you roam 
But give me seclusion with loved ones at home. 
Dirigo, Ky. 

An Angel Messenger. 


After years of asking and waiting the joy of moth- 
erhood came to Elizabeth Manning. In the gray dawn 
of a winter's morn, a little son was placed in her arms. 
A priceless human soul. — a bit of life, fresh from God, 
innocent and pure, untouched by the least taint, — had 
been given into her care to train up for the service of 
the Heavenly Father in this life and his glory in the 
world to come. 

Of more than ordinary intelligence, gifted and re- 
fined beyond the average, the mother realized, more 
than many do, the greatness of this charge. High 
and holy thoughts filled her mind and tears of grateful 
gladness stood in her eyes, as her first mother-kiss 
was lightly pressed upon the velvet cheek of her babe. 

For three years this precious treasure enriched the 
home of John and Elizabeth Manning. Sweet and 
winsome of disposition, he was a child that won the 
favor of all with whom he came in contact. A bundle 
of wants, he justly claimed much of the consideration 
and much of the time that the mother had formerly 
given to the need of those outside her home. Her 
social life and much of her charitable work was 
dropped. She was a tme mother. The thought of 
giving the moulding of this precious life largely into 
the hands of others, never once entered her mind. To 
her this training of her child was the highest and holi- 
est occupation that could be given to woman. She 
made it her entire world. Before its demands all oth- 
ers fell. 

And then, one day. all imexpected. the Good Shep- 
herd was heard calling. A short period of cruel suf- 
fering and his little lamb was safe within the shelter 
of the heavenly fold. Bright and healthy in the morn- 
ing, within a few hours deadly diphtheria did its fatal 
work. When the shadows of evening fell, the agony 
of that separation which no human power can avert, 
had come to this happy home. Elizabeth Manning was 
left with empty arms, her motherhood but a dream. 

She &ank beneath the blow. Calm, tearless, and 
white-faced, without a sound from her lips, she passed 
through that time of cruel tearing apart. Within her 
own arms she cradled the tiny sufferer until his last 
fluttering breath had ceased. \^'ith her own hands 
she prepared and robed the little form for its long, 
long sleep. With tender, loving touch and charming 
artistic taste, she twined about it the white rosebuds 
tliat were so significant of the life that had budded on 
earth to bloom in heaven. Without a tear she looked 
upon the waxen features for the last time. Without 
a moan she listened to the dull thud of the earth as 
It fell upon the casket. Still under the spell of this 
rigid, stony silence, she was led back to the desolate 

Time brought no relief. Husband, physicians and 
friends did all that was within their power, to arouse 
her from the eflfects of the awful shock, — this vacant- 

eyed quietude into which it had thrown her. It was 
all in vain. It appeared as if she were living in an- 
other world. 

But up in heaven another Eye was watching, and 
another Love was hovering over the unhappy mother. 
Just when every one had given up hope of saving her 
reason, down from the heavenly land came the mes- 

He came to her one winter evening, — the first an- 
niversary of her darling's death. Still as the statue 
beside her, she lay reclining in an easy chair, watching 
the changing light and shadows of the open grate fire. 
Sadly and hopelessly she was thinking of the many, 
many times she had rested in that same position in 
that same chair, with her darling in her arms. To 
her these times had been as times in heaven. Oh. 
how she longed for the sound of a cooing voice, tlie 
touch of wee, clinging hands and the pressure of 
warm, moist lips against her own. "My child! Oh, 
my child!" was the pitiful wailing cry that suddenly 
broke from the lips that hitherto had been mute in 
regard to her loss. 

And then, — out from the land of the angels he came. 
He stood at some distance from her, one dimpled 
hand daintily holding his little white robe away from 
bis feet. The plump forefinger of the other hand was 
thrust in his moutii. His face was flushed and rosy, 
and his golden curls tousled, as if he had just awak- 
ened from sleep. His whole attitude, as he stood 
there, regarding her with grave, reproachful eyes, ex- 
pressed wounded feeling, surprise and sorrow. It was 
such an expression as she had once seen upon his 
countenance when, laboring under a pressure of severe 
nervous strain, she had reproved him with unneces- 
sary sharpness for some childish misdemeanor. How 
\ividly that action was portrayed on her memory, 
and how keen was her regret in regard to it ! How the 
pained, surprised look, that followed, had haunted 
her! Ah, what atonement she would make for that 
hasty action, now that he was with her again, her 
baby, her darling, her son! This time a cry of intense 
joy broke from her lips as witli wide-open arms, she 
started to go to him. 

But, lo ! A child stood in her way I A gaunt, sttmlcd 
little body, with great, sorrowful, pleading eyes that 
seemed to say " I'm hungry, I'm starving." The eager 
mother hesitated, stopped, regarded the starving child, 
then again looked longingly toward her own little one 
in the distance. 

He smiled back at her. With tender, loving prom- 
ise she at once turned back to supply tlie need of the 
nearer child. Only a few minutes' work and abun- 
dance was before it. She left iiim sitting in her own 
little one's high chair, eating from the dish that had 
also once been his, and crowing in delight over his sil- 
ver spoon. One glad glance at his comfort and joy 
and she turned again to go to her own. 

But behold! Another child stands in lier way. A 
neglected, forsaken child, with pinched features, and 
scanty clothing banging in shreds about its shivering 
body. So great is its suffering and so apparent its 
need that this time the hastening mother does not even 
hesitate what to do. Tenderly she gathers the emaci- 
ated form into her strong arms and, with another fond 
look toward her waiting darling, turns hack again, 

Straight to a locked chest of drawers she goes. She 
takes therefrom little garments,— fine, soft, warm 
things, over which she had hung in dry-eyed agony 
many times since their owner had ceased to wear them. 
Quickly they are transferred to the benumbed form of 
the little waif in her arms. Soon he is lying in the 
very abandonment of comfort, on the soft, thick rug, 
where so often her own boy had played. A little cry 
of delight breaks from his lips as he stretches nut his 
thin, chilled limbs toward the warmth of the open fire. 
A moment's enjoyment of the picture he made and 
again the mother starts to go to her own. 

Strange fate! Another child stands in her way. 
This time it is one upon whom disease has laid its 
blighting touch. " Sick, suffering, dying" is the plead- 
ing cry that seems to smite upon the bereaved mother's 
heart as her eyes fall upon it. 

This time she again falters ere she complies with the 
demand made upon her. Another yearning look 
toward the little figure in the distance answers the 
question that is knocking at the door of her heart. 

Again she turns back to relieve a tiny bit of the 
world's suffering. From a hidden recess she brings 
forth a medicine chest containing remedies such as 
childish ailments require, and such as every mother 
knows how to use. With skillful hands and tender 
feeling she works for hours.— for the child is verj' 
sick, nigh unto death. 

At last be becomes quiot and free from pain. From 
a curtained alcove she draws nut a little white cot and 
lays him upon it. Here she tcave:^ him. tucked care- 
fully in. his head reciting upon the daintv pillow where 
so often the head of a dearer one had rented. Then 
again, with outstretched anus and anotlicr glad cry. 
she starts to go to that dear one. 

He has gone. Tn the place where he had stnnd was 
\acancy. With an agonized cry the distressed mother 
lifted her eyes to the heavens. There, just above the 
place where her child had stood, was a bright, lumi- 
nous cloud. Half veiled by its fleecy drapery was a 
band of angel harpers, In their midst, his face aglow 
with happiness, was her child. T.iltle gurgling cries 
of dcliglit seemed lo come forth from his rosy, parted 
lips, as he looketl joyously down upon her. It was a 
sound that made tlic uinthcr glad, — even joyful. 

With this feeling of gladness upon her, she awoke. 
It was only a dream. But its message was not un- 
heeded, as many hungry ones, many dostitule ones and 
many sick ones will bear witness. 

Covington, Ohio. 


MOiriTOB, KANS.— Till' fll.'^lora' Al,l Sm-l.-ty "f lh\r. cluircli, 
for tlio yonr 1911 roport-n ns ronow«: Wo liclil twonty-twn 
incotlnRs, Willi nn nvornffo filtPndiiiiod of «lx. Moiioj- oolloc- 
tlons atnoiint to |H,27; vnUiution nf pomforlH tind olothlnjr, 
matki mid sent tn illfforoiit mlHsloTi polntH, JlD.iri,— lllln B. 
Knsh. ,Sfpn>(;Trv, U. [1, 2, Hnx 111. Conwny. Kmifl., .Tun. 0, 

rOSTOBIA, OHIO.— Wp rooiRitnlzod oiii' SIhIit-s* Aid HoL^lctv 
.Tiiii, I, Willi .SjHtor T.ydin Dlckoy, prOMldoiit; .Slslor Nancy Wit- 
mnrp, nsslflinnt, nnd tlio wrUcr Bncwlnry-tron.'iuror. Diirlnff 
tlm ycnr tw^nty-tliron all-rtny moplInKn woro h Id. wIlli nn 
nvrr.TKo ittlondnnoo nf olfflit moniliorH, ArtlcloB nindo for sale 
wfrf: Seventy-two npronn, ton qiilltfl, novon coinfortnrH, four 
diiBt-rnps nnd four clotlios-pln apronn, DoimtlotiH rccolvnd 
amniintr'd to (iO.-IG: donntloDK pclvon, Sftll to mir pnRtor, i'i 
Tor tho Mftisonffor, $ for (lowers for tint sick, onn ynrd of 
cnp Roods and a lionnet; prkn, Jl.fiO. Wo nlno luirflinsod tho 
carpet for our new ehiir(!li. cnHthiB )iri..|r.. rind llm inilplt fur- 
nUiiro. ?'tr>, Expensen wero (in.Hfi, li-nvliiK tli.> (riviiiirv iilinnt 
empty. Wn wern well plofiHod Willi our work, niirl wllti Ood'n 
lilesslnRR linpc to proRper nnd do miRili pood in liln nntnn,— 
Kiln RelliTs, R, P. 1, FoHtorlii, Ohio, Jiin. JO. 

X^OBDSBUBO, CAi. — Ttio followlnp; 1h tlio roport of niir Aid 
.'^orlily from .Sept. M lo Mie end of Kill; Niiinlier nf mnethiffR 
lield, twelve: ftveraRO attendance, Hevnnleen: nvernKe offerlnK, 
7n (■■■iitK. We madn nnd fiirnlHlied materlnl for iwonly-two 
eiirtiicnlR for (i widow nlnter nnd lier family. Wi> inndo tlfteen 
(irtlrle.'^ of eiolliliiR for wlileli wo reei-lved pnyment, Wo made 
jieven enmforlrrs nnd two rpilltR. Wo made fortv-Uiree nrtlclea 
imd Hold lliem for r-|irlKtmns Klfln. Wo nent to Soutlt l.OH An- 
(,-eleR, for dlfltiibirllnn at nirlnlmnH, five now (rnrmnntH 
and 101) old Rarmonta and nlioes. Wo went SIO to tho mlanlon 
nt Phoenix, Arizona, Wo boiiRht n Hiitl of woolen iindorwenr 
for a Hick filntor, and nl»o Rcveral nrllcleH to he iiHod In llie 
eliiireh and by tho Aid Society. After paying for all material 
lived, we have (7.80 In llio IreaRiiry. — 'Mra. Minnie Eby, proHl- 
dont; Jennie Kinney, seorotnry-troaHnrer, T/ordMhiirR. Cnl., .Tan. 

AlimOCB, nni.-Oiir .SlBter«' Aid Soololy III Ihe Klllbllek 
iliiirrb wsiH orfinnlzed fH'o. 24, 1010. niirlriK lnnt year we con- 
verio'l tlilrty-six tlmcR, with nn enrnllmr'nt of twonty-neven 
iiotlvo momhorn nnd one benevolent. The total number preftent 
(liirlnR the year wan 37C, wKli an avernKo attendance of ton. 
The Industrial work eonHlHted of qiilltlntr, knntllnpr romfortB 
and Renernl miT^dnR of wearing apparel, Wo tnnrto thlrly-foiir 
honnetM, on 1 1 ted elt-lit qii11l«, made Hve prnyer eoverlnRfl, 
knotted two eomfnrtern, nownd (Ifly-foiir poirndK of cnrpot 
rnRR, made forly-flve yards of carpet and forty RarmentH. 
Freo-wlll offorlnKR during llie yonr amounted to $21.3!); re- 
eelved Sfi2.10: oxponioR, jrH.'lS; onBh on linnd, J3F,.2n, Dec. 38 
we reorRanlzed, with RIhIit rynthia MMler, pronldonl; Sinter 
Katie MlIlMpaiiRh. vIoe-proHldenl ; Ihe writer, Roeretflry-treaw- 
imer: SIfiter Kntelln Hnwern, nfiMlHlanl.— T/iilii M. lUtehlo, Mun- 
i-ie, Ind„ Jnn, n, 

WATBBIiOO, IOWA.— Our 8l»torK' Aid Society meetfl overy 
Thurfidnv, KiKirr MnRule Mlllop l« our prenldent; Sinter Phrebo 
fra'<brniik. lronHiir''r; the writer, Hocrelnry. We mot fifty llmoa 
dilrlni.' Ihe year wMli nn nvcrnRe attendance of nloven. Wo 
quilted Ion finlltw, made eleven comforters-, pent one aack of 
f-lothlnK to Ihe nrooklyn MIhsIoo. and one to Winona, Minn. 
We donated (37 to neven different perHOOM, flont llie MesMenRcr 
to Hoven peraonF, paid $51 townrdn a carpet for the cliureh. nnd 
Jlfi for Ihe mipport of an orphan In India. We had on hand 
.Tan. 1. Ifll. $77.07: received during thn year $07.nn; total 
amount of money received during the year. $I7B.3a; paid out 
during IblH time, $H2.77: Imlnnco on hand Jan. 1, 1912, $31.Bfi. 
We have a eommlttoe to visit tho «lck and atred slntorfl. Wo 
hnd nineteen vl«Itorfl, Tt haw been a buvy year, Rome wanted 
nulltK made that hnd to he refused. —Mrs. Estolla LlnlnRor. 
1137 South Street. Waterloo. Iowa, Jan. 1. 

BEIABFOXTTAIZTE, OBZO. — Our Sl.storn' Aid Society met at 
the home of Sister Mary ManRann Deo. in, In renrRnnlze. The 
frdlowlnR ofhcers wore elected fortheye.Tr: Sliter SiirIp, 
president: Sinter Mary ManKonn. Ruperlntendenl; SiKter Resale 
M. Kaylor, trenRUrer: the writer, secretary. During the year 
we held flffoon meellngn, with an avenage attendance of seven. 
We knotted ten eomforterR, made five aprnnfi, and did Ronernl 
newIng in privnio homoc. We donated a half day's Bewlng to 
a fvick lady for her children. Rent one comfort to the Brooklyn 
MHslon. gave $G to DiKtrlct MIrkIoo work, and S5 per quarter 
towards helping to support a minister. The amount received 
during the year In donations and for work done was $36.10; 
amount carried over from la-st year. Slfi.92; expenses, $39.47; 
.imount in tho treanury, $13. (!.■>, We have lost two of our. ac- 
tive workers during the past year, — Sisters Anna Shawver and 
Sarah Miller. Though advanced In years, they took much In- 
terest In the Aid Society. — Gordle E. Snyder, Bcllofontalna, 
Ohio, Jan. 6. _ 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 

The Gospel Messenger 

Offlolal Organ of the Cbnroh of de Bretliicn. 

A Religious Weekly 


Brethren Publishing House 
publishing agent general mission board. 

18 TO U South State Street, Elgin, Illinois. 


Editor, D. L. Miller. 

Office Editor, J. H. Moore 

AssistaiU, L. A. Plate. 

CorreBponding Editors. 

H. B. Brumbaueh Huntingdon. Pa. 

H. C. Early Penn Laird. Va. 

Grant Mahan Omaja, Cuba. 

Business Manaeor, B, E. Arnold. 

Advisory Cotniulttee. 
S. N. McCann, G. W. Lentz, P. R. Keltner. 

^"All business and coro muni cations intended for the paper should 
be addressed to the BRETHREN PUBLISHING HOUSE, ELGIN, 11,1,.. 
and not to any individual connected witli it 

Entered at the Post Office atElein. HI- as SecondK^loss Matter. 

Ovii correspondent at Noblesville, Ind., reports five 
recent accessions to the churcli. 

Bro. Moses Deardorff, who is now preaching at 
Roanoke. La., reports that his meetings are well at- 

Under dale of Dec. 22 Sister Sadie J. Miller writes 
us of her safe arrival in India, where she again enters 
upon her work, 

At her late council meeting, the church in Chicago 
granted the Chinese members in the city, fifteen in 
number, permission to hold a love feast. 

Bro. J. A. Dove, of Virginia, began a series of 
meetings at the Hastings Street house, Chicago, last 
Sunday, and is to continue at least two weeks. 

During a series of meetings at Marion, Ind., con- 
ducted by Bro. Chas. R. Oberlin, seven decided to 
identify themselves with the people of the Lord. 

During the late series of meetings at East Nimi- 
shillen, Ohio, conducted by Bro. D. R. McFadden, 
twelve were added to the church. Three await bap- 

Bro, a, D. Bowatan is now in charge of the Mis- 
sion at Fresno, Cal.. and would be pleased to hear 
from members having children or friends residing in 
the city. 

The series of evangelistic services at North Man- 
chester. Ind., conducted by Bro. H. C. Early, closed 
last Sunday evening. There were twenty-one acces- 
sions to the church. 

Bro. D. K. Clapper, of Meyersdale. Pa., wishes us 
to say that his work, as pastor of the Meyersdale con- 
gregation, closed Jan. 1, and for a time he will give 
attention to evangelistic efforts. 

Bro. D. C. Campbell, who is still interested in the 
emigration business, gave the Messenger sanctum a 
short call. He is doing the work formerly entrusted 
to Bro. Samuel Bock, now retired. 

Bro. John Jordan, of Fruitdale, Ala., an aged elder, 
closed his labors on earth Jan. 11, and passed to 
his reward. He was over eighty years old when the 
call came for him to come up higher. 

Some of our correspondents like the idea of naming 
subjects on which to write, as we did a few weeks 
ago. and as a result several good articles have been re- 
ceived. In time other topics may be named. 

Bro. T. a. Robinson and wife are spending a few 
weeks at Denver. Colo., and for the present may be 
addressed at 1109 South Washington Avenue. Bro. 
Robinson is available for some evangelistic work. 

After closing a week's meetings in Pasadena, Cal., 
where there were several converts and a good awak- 
ening, Bro. D. L. Miller went to Los Angeles for a 
short rest. Eight weeks' steady talking, each even- 
ing, was as much as he thought he should risk with- 
out a chance to rest up a little. 

We are requested to say that all communications 
pertaining to lodging for the coming Annual Meet- 
ing should be addressed to C. G. Trimmer, Chairman 
of the Lodging Committee, 565 West King Street, 
York, Pa. 

The Sunday-school Institute of Middle Iowa will 
convene in the Panther Creek church, Dallas County, 
I'^cb. 14. and continue three days. The program, 
which reached us too late for this issue, will be pub- 
lisJied next week. 

The Mission Board of Oregon is looking for a min- 
ister and wife, suited to city mission work. They 
must be well recommended, and those interested 
should address Henry Brubaker, Chairman of the 
Board, Newberg, Oregon. 

Bro. James M. Moore, of Chicago, after spending 
last Sunday at Batavia, called at the Messenger ofiice 
on Monday. He has arranged to devote the summer 
months to Bible Institute and evangelistic work. 
Nearly all of his time is spoken for. 

Bro. Wm. Lampin is in the midst of a revival at 
Lanark, 111., and is dealing out the Bread of Life in a 
most interesting way. Bro. Lampin is not doing much 
evangelistic work this winter, this being the only meet- 
ing that he has found it convenient to hold. 

Sunday, Jan. 14, four young Chinese were received 
into the church in Chicago. This makes fifteen who 
have been brought into the fold by means of the Chi- 
nese Sunday-school in the city, begun in 1908. So 
writes Sister Martha B. Shick, 3435 West Van Buren 
Street. — 

The yearly Bible term at Hebron Seminary, Va., 
will be held from Feb. 9 to Feb. 18. Bro. I. S. Long 
and wife, Bro. I. N. H. Beahm, and others, will be in 
charge of the Institute work. Bro. Long will con- 
duct evangelistic services each evening, and a good at- 
tendance is anticipated. 

Bro. N. N. Garst, who may be addressed at White 
Church. Howell Co., Mo., thinks that his locality 
would be a good place for members who are seeking 
a mild climate and good land. Howell County is in 
the extreme southern part of the State. Here a small 
body of members have located. Another body will be 
found at Cabool. in Texas County, the county joining 
Howell on the north. Those interested can write 
Bro. Garst. This part of the South would seem to 
alTord a splendid opening for building up churches. 

Writing from Beyrout, Syria, Jan. 1, Bro. J. M. 
Blough says: " New Year's greeting to you and the 
Messenger readers. It was too rough to land at 
Jafifa, so we came on here, and will make our trip 
through the Holy Land in reverse order. We hope 
to start for Damascus tomorrow. Much rain here and 
snow, in the Lebanon Mountains. We visited the 
famous Syrian Protestant College here today. There 
are nine hundred students. We hope to reach ferusa- 
lem in two weeks. We are well. The Lord bless you 
for 1912." 

We have a letter from Bro. Archibald Van Dyke, 
who is now at Holmesville, Nebr. He writes us of the 
importance of being more spiritually minded, and of 
the value of humility and sociability. He recently met 
an old friend who, in the way of education and in- 
fluence among men, has far outstripped him, and yet 
he made the aged brother feel perfectly at ease in his 
presence. Together they talked like old friends, and 
the enjoyment seems to have been mutual. Treat- 
ment like this, says the devout elder, makes old age 
much more pleasant. 

The following, from Bro. M. J. Brougher, Greens- 
burg. Pa., reached our desk just a few hours after go- 
ing to press with the last issue: "Please announce 
that the Greensburg church will be dedicated Feb. 11. 
at 2: 30 P. M. Eld. C. C. Ellis, of Huntingdon, will 
deliver the dedicatory address. We desire many of 
the brethren and sisters of other congregations to be 
with us, to take part in this service. Following the 
dedication, Eld. J. H. Cassady, of Johnstown, Pa., will 
begin a series of meetings. The date of the first love 
feast is March 3, 1912, instead of Feb. 25, as was an- 
nounced. The hour of love feast is 5 P. M." 

Bro. J. W, Mahorney, of Cherryvale, Kans., writes 
us that he lias been in that part of the West for forty 
years, and now. in his old age, having practically worn 
out in the Lord's service, he finds it necessary to re- 
tire from his farm and take life more quietly. We 
trust that the closing years of his pilgrimage may 
prove a blessing to others, and that he may find much 
comfort in a still closer walk with God. 

A MISSION point has been opened at Oneonla, Blount 
Co., Ala., where a few members reside. They are with- 
out a resident minister and for preaching ser\'ices must, 
for the present, depend on the ministers in East Ten- 
nessee. So far as we can understand, this part of the 
South would be an excellent place for some well-in- 
formed, wide-awake minister to locate. For further 
particulars address Bro. J. M. Petrie, Oneonta, Ala. 

Bro. D. H. Baker, of Hanover, Pa., who is past 
seventy-two years of age. and preaches practically 
every Sunday, has just renewed his subscription to the 
Messenger, and has ordered the paper sent to all his 
children, and also to the almshouse and jail at Gettys- 
burg. By this we infer that he is an all-around man 
for helping others. When he finds a good thing he 
believes in passing it on to others. 

Bro. P. L. Fike, of White Church, Mo., writes en- 
couragingly of the outlook for the Church of the 
Brethren in his part of the State. Four were recently 
baptized, and he says that they have a good influence 
in the neighborhood, and will prove helpful to the 
cause. He feels the need of paid copies of the Mes- 
senger, to be placed in the homes of those interested 
in the church and her work. We need a good fund 
from which to draw for this purpose. 

Thousands of our readers will be interested in 
what Bro. J. E. Miller, President of Mount Morris 
College, has to say on page 52. aboijt the burning of 
Old Sandstone. The half-tone, accompanying the 
article, will be viewed with more than ordinary inter- 
est. In due time a new building will take the place of 
Old Sandstone. Hundreds who have been helped by 
Mount Morris College, will respond to the call of the 
trustees, and a better and a more convenient structure 
will spring into existence. 

Sister Phebe Bellts, of Delphia, Musselshell 
Co.. Mont., writes us that she is living very much 
isolated from the church, and has no way of enjoying 
services among the people of her own faith. She adds 
that the part of Montana in which she resides would 
be a good place for members to locate and build up 
a church. The country is part prairie and part tim- 
ber, rendering it desirable for people wishing to keep 
in touch with timber lands. She has lost track of her 
daughter. Hannah S. Cady, and would' appreciate any 
information concerning her. 

Under date of Jan. 4. Bro. Edward C. Cool writes 
us from Perez. State of Vera Cruz, Mexico, saying 
that he has located in a delightful part of our sister 
republic, where he proposes to do what he can to 
build up a church. Last fall he and his wife sailed 
from New York to Mexico, and soon after settled 
down to work, and opened up a Sunday-school for the 
children. Having no house in which services could be 
held, they arranged a place for meeting under the out- 
spreading branches of a large tree, and here Bro. Cool 
preaches the Gospel to all those who feel disposed to 
attend the sen'ices. We may hear more from him 
later. ■ 

Bro. J. N. Eller. of Botetourt Normal College. 
Daleville, Va.. writing of the late Bible term and 
series of meetings at that place says: "Our Bible 
term has just closed. It was the best we have ever- 
had. The missionaries from India, Brother and Sis- 
ter Long, surely did us much good. The evangelistic 
services, conducted by Bro. Geo. W. Flory. closed 
last night with twenty-five confessions. A fine meet- 
ing it was. Our school is much strengthened spiritu- 
ally. I take this opportunity of expressing to you 
my appreciation of your labors in giving us such an 
excellent church paper. It seems to us it grows bet- 
ter and better." 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 


Bro. W. R. Miller and wife, of Nappanee, Ind., 
called at the Messenger sanctmn a few days ago. 
Bro. Miller says that after one talks every day for ten 
weeks, he feels worn out, and finds it helpful to go 
home and take a short rest. 

Illustrations Wanted. 

Last fall, in the doctrinal issue, we published sever- 
al cuts representing some of the services connected 
with the Brethren church. Most of our readers seem 
to liave been pleased with the illustrations, but there 
were those who thought that they did not do full jus- 
tice to the ordinances they were intended to represent. 
We can not say that they pleased the editorial man- 
agement any too well, and we are now taking this 
method of calling the attention of our patrons to the 
importance of the Messenger being supplied with 
some good photographs, representing, to the best pos- 
sible advantage, all of the ordinances pertaining to the 
Brethren church. This means baptism, feet-washing, 
the Lord's supper, the communion, the salutation and 
the anointing service. The pictures should be taken 
in such a way as not to interfere with the solemnity 
of the service they represent. We are not saying who 
shall take these pictures, nor are we saying in what 
way we propose to use them, but we would certainly 
like to have the privilege of examining quite a num- 
ber. Each photograph should be carefully packed, 
bear the name and address of the sender, and be for- 
warded to the editorial department of the Gospel 
Me.^senger. ■ 


While ig is good for every institution to be well 
organized and to be placed on a good, systematic 
working basis, still there is such a thing as over-or- 
ganizing, or having too much machinery for the work 
to be done. The machinery, pertaining to an organiza- 
tion, may become so complicated as to require more 
skill and force to run it than is required to do the 
work that the organization is intended to take care of. 

In the mechanical line, the more simple a machine, 
considering the work to be done, the better. But if 
more power is required to operate the machine than is 
needed to do the work that the machine is intended to 
turn out, then the business must be run at a loss. The 
manager of a manufacturing establishment looks for 
machines that will do his work, but he does not over- 
stock his establishment. So far as practicable he 
avoids complications in machinery. 

What is true of the machinery in a manufacturing 
establishment may be true of the machinery of a reli- 
gious or any other kind of an organization. There 
may be too much of it. More time may be required 
to look after the machinery than is required to look 
after the work which the organization is intended to 
turn out. All of this means a waste of time and a 
waste of ene^g5^ 

We have reached a period in the world's history 
when there is a tendency to over-organize, or to have 
too much machinery. There may be too many com- 
mittees._ too many officers, too many divisions, too 
many heads of departments and too many subordi- 
nates. There is such a thing as organizing a church, 
•a Sunday-school, or some other institution, to death. 
That is, there may be so much machinery that it re- 
quires all the force of the body, for which it is intend- 
ed to run it. 

During the last few decades we, as a people, have 
added a good deal to our church machinery. There 
came a time when we clearly saw the need of a Gen- 
eral Mission Board. Then came the District Boards, 
the Tract Examining Committee, the Gokpel Messen- 
ger Advisory Committee, Educational Board, the 
Temperance Committee, the General Sunday-school 
Board, Peace Literature Committee, possibly some 
others not named, and the end is not yet. There is 
talk of more boards to do this, that and the other 
thing. It is thought by some that there should be a 
presiding elder for each State District, that there 
should be a committee in each State District to direct 
the election of ministers, and pass on the qualifica- 
tions of those chosen. It is even hinted that we might 
have a General Standing Committee, — one ready to 
act in any general emergency. We have not named 

the general organization of the Christian Workers, 
advocated by not a few. 

With all of the organizations in operation in the 
church, along with those in contemplation, it would 
seem that we are likely to get more machinery than 
we shall be able to manage to advantage. Now, we 
are not saying this to criticise, but to lead our people 
to thinking, for it must be evident that if wc would 
avoid confusion we must do some careful planning 
as welt as some careful thinking. 

It will be observed that the multiplying of organiza- 
tions among us has not been the result of some care- 
fully-laid plans. When the necessity of a new board or 
another committee arose, the same was appointed and 
assigned its work. We do not stop to consider how 
much machinery we have, the amount of time and 
means required to run it, and what is to be accom- 
plished in the end. Of course, we can keep on at tliis 
rate until we get so much machinery that it will take 
the most of our time, money and energy to keep things 
in good running order. 

Then we call attention to the well-known fact that, 
in order to handle much machinery in church matters, 
or anything else, and make a success of it, there must 
be a general head to direct the operation. It so hap- 
pens that there is no general head in the Church of 
the Brethren, aside from the Annual Meeting, and this 
is in session only a few days in each year. Not only 
so, but this body is not in a position intelligently to di- 
rect, in a harmonious manner, the operation of much 
church machinery and make a success of it. All the 
Conference can do is to appoint the boards and com- 
mittees required, turn various lines of work over to 
them, and let them, in a measure, work independent of 
each other, without the advantage of a central head 
to direct the movements so as to make them a har- 
monious v/hole. 

In view of what we have been doing in the way of 
multiplying organizations, more or less general in their 
scope, and in view of wliat is before us, it would seem 
there is just one of two things for us to do, if we 
would avoid over-organization and confusion. We 
must so adjust our church polity as to provide for some 
general heads, — National and State, — or we must 
study how to simplify our church machinery. A sys- 
tem for a few general heads, like that of some of the 
denominations, is out of the question. Such a system 
would clash with our present system of church gov- 
ernment at almost every turn. Not only so, but, ac- 
cording to our way of explaining the Word of God, 
it would be considered unscriptural. 

This leaves us but the one course to pursue, and that 
is to simplify, in every way possible, the machinery 
pertaining to all of our church work and church activi- 
ties, general. District and local. We must have all of 
our organizations, societies, boards and committees 
form a harmonious whole, and each part work in uni- 
son with every other part. We must see to it that all of 
our church machinery is just as simple as the church 
itself, and not add a department that is not in perfect 
harmony with our plan of operation, or, tO' speak by 
wav of illustration, we must not add wheels that do 
not line up with the different parts of our accepted 

It should be borne in mind that the Church of the 
Brethren was, in the beginning, very simply organ- 
ized. We started out with local organizations, under 
the local management of the elders, assisted by the 
ministers and deacons. Later we added the Annual 
Meeting, and still later formed the State Districts. 
After this we have the other organizations or activi- 
ties named. True, we may need more machinery than 
was needed seventy-five years ago. and we may he able 
to operate more machinery than our fathers could, but 
this should not furnish an excuse for over-organizing 
the church and her activities. 

It might be well for us to pause long enough to take 
our bearings, — to see where we are and to straighten 
out some things before adding more. At least, we 
ought not to go on until we become so confused as to 
make it necessary to suspend operations until some of 
the machinery can be thrown out. Now is the time 
to canvass the situation, to determine just what we 
need, and wherein we can add that which will be help- 

What of the Times? 

Of all things hard to understand, in this world, the 
most difficult is that of the human mind. Science, 
philosophy and the research of the most brilliant 
minds of the ages have gone to their limits and at 
times are made to stand aghast and in utter confu- 
sion at the alertness, the intrigue, the foolhardiness. 
and the unreasonableness of wliich the human mind is 
capable, and to wonder at the extent to which it can 
go in carrying out its most subtile schemes. 

The old adage. "Many men of many minds." is more 
than true, as we think of the summation of them as a 
whole, — good, indift'crcnt, low, moan, ignoble, bad. 
devilish. In life we have all these different shades in 
active expression. 

As the character and color of what we are In the 
habit of designating " the times," depends on the ac- 
tivities of these varied minds, in their desires and 
purposes, to determine just what they are and shall be, 
is one of the greatest problems that we today, and in 
all time, have to face, deal with, and work out to a 
satisfactory issue. If wc had only the Clirist-mind, 
the regenerated mind, or even the reasonable mind, 
to deal with, the task would be, comparatively, an easy 
one, because what such minds would want is the thing 
that, would be the highest good for every other mind. 
This is the strangest thing about (he whole subject, 
^to know that men and women will persist in doing 
things that militate against their own porsonnl highest 
good in this life, as well as in the life to como, To 
look at it soberly, wc arc forced to Ihc conclusion that 
a large per cent of human-kind are anxious and deter- 
mined to be unhappy and miserable, or they arc too 
ignorant to know what is for their good, or they are 
abnormal and insane. We are inclined to believe that 
the last condition is largely the true one. The parable 
of the Prodigal Son seems to favor this idea, because 
he is a fair representative of a tremendously large 
class of men and women in the world today. Of him 
it is said: " When he came to himself," showing that, 
while he was in his profligate condition, lie was not 
his true self. There is a sense in which every sinner 
may be said to be partially insane. Men and women 
who do things that result in their own hurt or loss, 
are not in the right mind. 

Jesus Christ came into the world for the purpose 
of showing and leaching men and women how to do 
themselves and others good, — make them happy. But 
as he is no more personally in the world, this work 
is now to be done by his rcproscnl.'dives,— his follow- 
ers. And the question is: What are we, as Christian 
men and women, doing? Is the Christian influence 
and power being felt as a major influence? Is it a 
growing force that is being felt and noticed by the 
forces and powers of evil? What kind of an end or 
condition is it, towards which we are moving? We 
know that we are moving towards better times, be- 
cause the time of our salvation is drawing nearer; but 
the " how" we are not so certain about, If the lump 
of meal means the whole world of humanity, as we 
now see it and know it, with its complexity of minds 
nnd !<inds, and the "leaven" is tliat of Ihc Christ spirit, 
we know that the onward movement must be towards 
the better, — that the desired end will he brought about, 
not by the destruction of the bad. but by changing it, 
^by conversion and regeneration. 

This seems to be In harmony with the signs of the 
times. The doors of all the nations are opening to the 
reception of the Gospel, which is the only power that 
dispels ignorance, removes darkness and cures insani- 
ty. This idea is also in harmony with the will and 
purpose of the coming of Christ into the world. He 
comes not to destroy sinners, but to save them ; not to 
destroy sin, but to save the sinners. 

The peace movement that seems to be taking hold 
of the minds and hearts of the people and nations, is 
also a visible expression of better times coming. 

.Some are showing signs of discouragement, because 
the king of the powers of darkness and of evil is being 
stirred up and growing active in trying to maintain 
his power and kingdom. But while this should keep 
us awake, — active and doing, — it should not alarm us. 
because it is the thing that we should naturally look 
for. Sin will die hard; the battle will be a fierce one, 
as we now have it on in the temperance fight. As long 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 

as the wliiskey power had undisputed rights it was 
quiet, liberal, — even in supporting religion. But since 
rigliteousness has become aggressive and is making 
successful attacks on this citadel of sin, the lion has 
been disturbed in his pleasurable " paw-sucking," and 
has conic forth from his den with a mighty roar. But 
let him come forth; he is more easily dispatched out- 
side of his den than while sucking his paws on the in- 

So with the war demon. As long as it was left 
alone, doing according to its own sweet will, its cohorts 
were at peace, and quiet as far as the craft was con- 
cerned. But since the angel of peace is coming forth 
as the spirit of mercy and good will to men, there has 
been an awakening in the camp of the emissaries of 
war, and they are making a terrible howl. There is 
a class of hangers-on, to the occupation of war, that 
are of the " baser sort." They are not soldiers that 
are prompted to warfare through patriotism for their 
country, but are as a flock of buzzards, waiting to feed 
on the stuff that accumulates in its paths of destruc- 

Wc had a striking illustration of this thought at 
the late Peace Meeting, held at Carnegie Hall, where a 
crowd of lewd fellows of the " baser sort " banded to- 
gether to break up the meeting. Filled with the spirit 
of whiskey and the devil, they successfully demon- 
strated their ugly inwardness. But this only shows 
that the kingdom of sin is being made to tremble be- 
cause of its weakening power. As the decisive battle 
draws nearer, the greater power of the Crucified One 
will shine forth in all its majesty and force. Then the 
hosts of sin will be frightened, — paralyzed,^and flee 
for refuge into the dens of darkness, to await their 
being called forth to the judgment of the great God. 
whom they were pleased to dishonor and insult by the 
lives they lived. 

What of the times, you say? They will be all right 
if we live and labor so to make them. The victory is 
ours if wc stand and work on the Lord's side. "If 
God be for us, who can he against us? " h. b. b. 

Staying by His Flock. 

An elder of considerable experience writes us that 
he would be pleased to have prayer meetings, Cfiris- 
tian Workers' Meetings and children's meetings in his 
congregation, but his official board does not stand 
with him. regarding church activities of this sort. He 
now wishes to know whether he should move into a 
congregation where all these helps are encouraged, 
and may be enjoyed, or whether he should remain 
where he is. The elder should stay by the flock over 
which the Holy Ghost has made him overseer. He is 
not needed in a congregation where all the activities 
he names are found. Active preachers and elders 
should not make it a point in life to seek the most 
pleasant congregations in which to live and labor. 
That was not the Lord's purpose in calling them to 
the ministry. Their place is where there is something 
for them to do, and we should judge that a congrega- 
tion, whose official board is opposed to the helpful ac- 
tivities named by our correspondent, is certainly in 
need of an enterprising elder. Our elder's congrega- 
tion needs a good Sunday-school, prayer meeting, a 
Christian Workers' Society, and occasionally some 
meetings for the little people. The official board 
should be led to see the importance of these helps, 
and not stand as a hindrance to the development of 
the church. We would also suggest that the Messen- 
ger be placed in every family where there are mem- 
bers, and in due time the whole church will take on 
new life and something will be done that may startle 
the entire community. Again, we should advise the 
elder to stay by his flock. His people need him. 

Need of Doctrinal Teaching. 

The little pastoral paper, published in the interest 
of the church at Huntingdon, Pa., has a sensible arti- 
cle about the needs of more doctrinal teaching in our 
churches. We quote the following : 

" We are firmly convinced that there ought to be 
more definite teaching of the doctrines of the New 
Testament in oqr Sunday-school. There are young 
Riembers who go to the Synday-school, hut, unfortu- 

nately, do not stay for the preaching service. This, of 
course, is all wrong, but how to remedy this condition 
of things at present, is a problem. These young peo- 
ple, as a result, never come in contact with any definite 
doctrinal teaching. For instance, the doctrine of non- 
resistance. Young sisters get into petty quarrels and 
say all sorts of ugly things about each other, do not 
associate, do not speak, etc. This, to a great extent. 
is the result of a lack of knowledge of the teaching 
of Jesus. They have forgotten the rule that Jesus 
gives, and which they promised to follow in case of 
offenses, when they came into the church. 

"The same is true in reference to the doctrine of 
nonconformity to the world. This subject was pre- 
sented to them before they united with the church, 
but since then many of them have not had a word 
of definite teaching on that subject. As a result, their 
minds are not impressed with the teaching of the New 
Testament, and when they buy their apparel they think 
only of the latest fashion. Then, too, many of our 
young people, if they were asked why they were bap- 
tized by trine immersion could not give an intelligent 
answer. They happened to come in touch with the 
church, and came into it, because they felt they ought 
to belong to a church, but have very little conviction 
as to the rites and practices of the church. Such a 
condition of things can never make a strong church. 
A church is strong in proportion as its membership is 
strong, and no member is strong until he is firmly con- 
vinced that the church of which he is a member 
teaches and practices the truth." 

Plaiting the Hair. 

In reply to a sister, seeking information regarding 
1 Tim. 2: 9 and 1 Peter 3: 3, we state that the 
"braiding" or "plaiting" of hair, there referred 
to, does not likely mean the plain plaiting of the hair 
often seen among school girls in this country, as well 
as in some other countries. Both Paul and Peter, in 
the citations mentioned, are instructing devout women 
to avoid those things that are worn solely for orna- 
mentation, and they have no reference whatever to 
matters of practical utility. In the time of the apostles 
it appears to have been customary for fashionable 
women, when plaiting or braiding their hair, to work 
into the braids gold threads and other ornaments for 
display. In fact, some of those who read the original 
get this idea from the Greek. It is the mixing of 
the gold with the hair that constitutes the act of 
ornamentation that is forbidden. It is further held 
that the same condemnation would apply to the fash- 
ionable methods of wearing the hair among the women 
of this country. It applies to the excessive reaching 
and rolling of the hair, as well as the wearing of 
" rats," with a view of ornamentation. Paul and 
Peter would condemn these unreasonable customs on 
the ground that they are not in keeping with the 
simple life taught and exemplified by the Master. 

The Country Churches. 

Among the Disciples there seems to be a scarcity 
of preachers for the country churches. Most of the 
ministers are looking for city pulpits, and that makes 
it hard on the congregations in the rural districts. 
The solution of the problem is being discussed in the 
Christian Standard. One preacher, who appears to 
know^ something about work among country churches, 
suggests that, instead of building $10,000 to $250,000 
houses to care for one congregation, the " building 
fund be split one-half, and apply the other half " to 
State and home evangelization work, and that the 
counto' preachers, receiving aid from the fund thus 
created, be limited to $60 a month. He thinks that, 
instead of building costly meetinghouses, especially in 
the cities, it would be much wiser to serve God in less 
expensive buildings and devote more money to work 
in the rural sections. In principle he is correct, but 
how about the plan? Most people are not willing to 
rob Peter for the purpose of paying Paul, and quite 
generally is this true of those who furnish the money 
for Peter. But what to do with the country churches 
will soon become a problem with us. We spent years 
trying to work up and develop city missions, and at 
present we may be doing more for some of these mis-> 

sions than we are doing for the work in rural districts. 
We can not afford to neglect the country churches. 
There is too much at stake, but, candidly, what are we 
going to do for them, especially those that do not 
have preachers of sufficient ability to command the at- 
tention of the people? 

Origin of the Devil. 

A CORRESPONDENT fiuds himsclf deeply interested 
in the origin of the devil. He knows who made the 
sun, moon and stars. He knows who made the earth 
and formed man, but he does not know who made the 
devil. We have never given this matter as much con- 
sideration as we have some other subjects, but feel 
like venturing the thought that, since we hear much 
about the self-made man, it may not be amiss to con- 
clude that we have for our adversary a self-made dev- 
il. At one time he may have been an angel of light, but, 
being lifted up with pride and self-exaltation, he fell 
from his pure estate, and grew from bad to worse un- 
til he has become the real devil described in the Scrip- 
tures. No inspired writer has been sufficiently inter- 
ested in Satan to transmit to posterity a true history 
of his Satanic majesty. Men, guided by the Holy 
Spirit, have urged us to resist the devil, to flee from 
him and to avoid coming under his influence. We 
shall do well to heed all that the Scriptures have to 
say about keeping out of the reach of the devil, and 
not to concern ourselves overly much about his origin 
and history. ^^^^™-^^^^ 

A Prayer for Peace. 

If the men composing the distinguished body of law- 
makers, sent to Washington, could be persuaded to 
work in harmony with some of the prayers offered in 
the halls of Congress, there would probably never be 
an occasion for a war between the United States and 
any of the leading nations of earth, and the pending 
Peace Treaties with Great Britain and France would 
be approved with as little delay as possible. The fol- 
lowing is an abstract from the Chaplain's prayer. 
House of Representatives, Dec. 21, 1911, copied from 
the Congressional Record by Bro. Jacob H. Hollinger : 

" Grant that the unholy strife and contentions of men 
may be swallowed up in brotherly love; that the world 
may never again behold the awful spectacle of men seek- 
ing- to slay each other on the field of carnage; that peace 
may reign in every heart, in every home, in everj' land in 
all the earth, to the glory and honor of thy Holy Name." 

A Demand for the Messenger. 

Sister Grace Gnagey, 3435 West Van Buren 
Street. Chicago, writes that she has been doing some 
work in the Cook County Home, and finds that the 
Messenger is greatly appreciated by the inmates. She 
distributed old copies of the paper, but feels that the 
people among whom she labors ought to have clean 
copies, direct from the Publishing House, and would 
be pleased to have us supply her with a few dozen 
copies each week. This we can not do until some of 
our generous readers replenish the fund from which 
w-e may draw, to pay for the papers sent out in this 
manner. The demand for papers, to use in prisons 
and at mission points, has been such as to consume 
all the money we have so far received for this pur- 
pose. May we not hear from those who are abun- 
dantly blessed with means? 

An Unintentional Deviation. 

A SISTER finds her conscience disturbed because. 
while aw^ay from home, and not having her prayer 
covering on, she ga\'e thanks at the table, when being 
called on to do so. She is wondering if she did wrong. 
She probably did just what most any sister would 
have done under the circumstances, and, like any pru- 
dent sister, will hereafter go to the table better pre- 
pared. We never feel like censuring a devout sister 
for an unintentional deviation of this sort, provided it 
makes her more thoughtful. But sisters of this type 
are not the ones about whom we are most concerned. 
AVe have hundreds of sisters, and some of them the 
wives of officials, who, without having their heads 
covered, offer thanks at their own tables, year after 
ye^ir. These are the ones we are concerned about. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 




D. Ii. MlUer, Chairman Mt. Morris III 

H. O. Early, Vice-Chalrmaii Ponn Laird. Vii. 

Qalen B. Boyer, Sec. and Treas Elgin. Ill 

L. W. Teeter, Hagorstown, Ind. 

^^- J>-^o^BB^K ■. Union Bridge. Md. 

J. J. Yod«r, Mcpherson, Kansas. 

Oeueral Ulsilon Board, Elffin, lU. 


Dec. 15 Bro. A. E. Nead, of Limestone, Tcnn., came to 
115. in response to a call made, in order to hold an election 
ftir a minister. He began protracted meetings Dec. 17. 
The weather was so inclement that not many could come 
out, but those who could attend were greatly interested. 
Dec. 26 Bro. J. L. Guthrie, of Briccton, Ohio, came to us. 
Our council was called Dec. 30, with Bro. Nead as mod- 
erator. Bro, M. Wine was advanced to the eldership; Bro. 
Glen W. Petcher, advanced to the second degree of the 
ministry, and Brethren W. E. White and Raymond M. 
Lantis were elected to the first degree of the ministry. 
Our church is in better working order than it has been for 
a long while. Five were added to the church by letter at 
our council, two of the five being elders. 

We have several calls for preaching out from town, and 
since our ministerial force is increasing, we hope that 
much good may be done. Brethren Nead and Gutlirie 
have been preaching on alternate nights. Some are cou- 
sidcring tlieir spiritual welfare. Brethren Nead and M. 
Wine are to begin a series of meetings at Wayne. Mo., 
Jan. 6, while Bro. Guthrie still continues his work at our 
cliurclihouse. We pray that much good may be done by 
the brethren while here! ~ 

Fruitdale, Ala., Jan. 5. 

F. M. White. 

You, no doubt, remember the action, taken last August, 

at our special session of District Meeting, in order to 

square up our account with Bro. C. M. Wenger, Annual 
Meeting Treasurer. Then it was decided that each con- 
gregation pay for that fund at the rate of eight cents per 
member, which would pay to the end of 1912, provided 
that each congregation may deduct from that amount the 
amounts paid during past years, 'and for which receipts 
can be shown. 

Up to the present time only nine of the congregations 
have responded. This puts the treasurer in an embarrass- 
ing position, as Bro. Wenger wants his money. There is 
no good reason why every congregation should not be 
prompt in paying this amount. 

According to Bro. Wenger's account we are in arrears 
$103.14. which should have been paid before Dec. 31, 1911. 
Since churches can not represent at District Meeting, nor 
our District on the Standing Committee of Annual Meet- 
ing when this amount is not paid, it becomes a matter 
of the utmost importance. May I not hear from every de- 
linquent congregation at once? Send all amounts to the 
writer. Jerome E. Blough, Treas. 

R. D. 5, Johnstown. Pa., Jan. 15. 


The last week of 1911 was one of great blessings for 
Southern Illinois. All present at our Bible Institute real- 
ized that it was one of the best ever held in our Dis- 

The District Sunday-school Meeting is now held in con- 
junction with the Bible Institute, thus bringing many Sun- 
day-scliool workers together. The first day was wholly 
given over to the discussion of Sunday-school topics by 
speakers from over the District. Bro. Jas. M. Moore ar- 
rived in time to enjoy the day with us. In the evening 
he gave us a splendid talk on " Graded Lessons." Bro. 
Galen B. Royer also arrived in the evening and gave an 
excellent address on the Christian Workers' Meetings. 

The following day Brethren Royer and Moore took up 
the work as outlined for them. The Missionary Addresses, 
given bv Bro. Royer. were most impressive. We feel 
they did our workers much good. One good brother said, 
" They took some of the 'kinks' out of me, and I see mat- 
ters different now tlian I ever did before." The great 
need of more workers was made quite apparent. 

The Sunday-school work, too, was most instructive. 
Bro. Royer understands the needs of our schools, and 
knows how to inspire to greater diligence in every de- 

In the study of the Parables and the Psalms Bro. Moore 
impressed every one by bringing out the grand teachings 
contained in them. It was plainly seen that Bro. Moore 
js an efficient Bible teacher, and there is a strong demand 
for him to be with us in our future institutes. His work 
on "Sermon Illustrations" was much appreciated by the 
ministers and Sunday-school teachers. 

The Institute closed on Friday evening, Dec. 29, with 

a splendid sermon by Bro. Moore. Every one was loath 
to leave such spiritual associations. 

One of the features noticeable at our Institute was the 
fine singing from " Kingdom Songs," under the direction 
of Bro. Daniel Simmons. 

The Cerro Gordo bretliren did nobly, in caring for the 
visitors, and they felt they were blessed by the presence 
of our visiting brethren and sisters. 

The full value of the benefits received can hardly be 
realized by the church that entertains a meeting of such 
a nature. It is reviving and strengthening to the entire 

It. perhaps, is also true that many do not realize what 
they miss by not attending. It is hoped that by the time 
our next Institute Is held, many more will have made their 
plaui to attend, and receive the blessings there for thcni. 

May the Spirit be the after-teacher, and may we follow 
his leading in all our future work! I, D. Heckman. 

Cerro Gordo, 111., Jan. 11. 


We believe the time has cpme when every church should 
organize itself for more aggressive temperance work. All 
of us know that "in union there Is strength," and that 
"united we stand, divided we fall." There is untold 
power In a united effort for the temperance cause. If 
intemperance maintains such a strong Influence In the 
world by presenting a united front, how much more shall 
the temperance cause, when promoted by a united effort I 

I plead with you, who know the great evils of intem- 
perance, to stand In active cooperation with all the forces 
now laboring to suppress the liquor traffic. Separate the 
atoms which make the hammer, and each would fall on 
the stone as a snow-flake, but welded into one, and wield- 
ed by the strong arm of the quarry man. the massive rocks 
are broken asunder. Divide the waters of Niagara Into 
distinct and individual drops, and they will mean no more 
than the falling rain, but how different as a united bodyl 
Why? Niagara could quench the fire of Vesuvius, and 
then have some to spare for other volcanoes. The indi- 
vidual strength is increased when we join hands with 
others who are endeavoring to do the same thing. "One 
shall chase a thousand, and two shall put ten thousand to 
flight." Ten thousand arc put to flight because the two 
work in union. Leandcr Smith, 

Sec. District Temperance Committee. 

230 N. Oak Street, Nevada, Mo., Jan. 15. 


Dec. 10 tlie initial program of the City Sunday-school 
Union was given in our church, there being two sessions, — 
aftetnoon and evening. The weather was exceedingly 
gloomy, with a heavy downpour of rain. This kept most 
of our country members, whom we very much desired to 
have present, from attending. But the meetings were 
fairly well attended, and some of the best talent in the city 
added to the interest of the meeting. Our church is the 
only one in this county, having all her members, not in 
the Sunday-school, in the home department. There were 
various topics discussed, each one having a special leader. 
This meeting was a great inspiration to our Sunday-school 

Our Christmas programs are never alike, but the one re- 
cently given was one of the best. The whole Christmas 
story was given in song and in verse, — different parts by 
different individuals or classes. 

Our last prayer meeting in the old year was a very spir- 
itual one. The subject. " Eben-ezer, Hitherto Hath the 
Lord Helped Us," called forth some very Impressive talks. 
The last Christian Workers' Meeting, especially the "Re- 
view of the Year," by our missionary, Sister Eva Lichty, 
was also very helpful. 

Our council convened in the city church, Jan. 2. with 
Eld. A. P. Blough presiding. It was decided to send our 
Thanksgiving offering of nearly $80, from both country 
and city churches, to help a newly-organized church at 
Slifer, Iowa. We also decided to call a special meeting to 
discuss plans, methods, etc.. with the view of erecting a 
new churchhouse in the country. The needs of Bethany 
Bible School were also presented. 

The newly-elected ofllcers for our Sunday-school are 
Sister Eva Lichty, superintendent of the primary and ad- 
vanced departments; Sister Florence Burd. secretary. We 
expect to have a Bible term and revival services in Feb- 
ruary, to be conducted by Bro. J. J. Yoder, of McPherson, 
Kans. Lizzie A. Witter. 

1002 Randolph Street, Jan. 10- 


The story of the work at Greensburg sounds like a tale 
with which God has had much to do. 

Only three years ago a young brother came to Greens- 
burg to go into business for himself and God. Because 
of his consecration and interest, services have been con- 
ducted there since that time. Thirty-two have been bap- 
tized. Forty-seven brethren and sisters are members of 
their newly-organized church, and 112 are enrolled in Sun- 

Ihcy ucrc worshiping, luilil recently, in a small build- 
ing (20x30) which they themselves erected. Because of 
the increased attendance and membership, it was evident 
that a new church must be erected at an early date. Aft- 
er much sacrifice and careful planning a new building is 
now entirely completed. Their zeal and consecration arc 
most commendable, and call out the sympathy nf all who 
knaw them. 

Arrangements have now been completed for the dedica- 
tion Feb. 11. Bro, C. C Ellis will preach. A number of 
ministering brethren will be present, to participate in the 
exercises, at 2:30 o'clock. Large delegations of members 
arc expected to be present from the various churches of 
the District. Brother J. H. Cassady will begin a revival 
effort tlie same evening. Bro. C M. Blough, of Johns- 
town, will lead the song service in all these meetings. All 
brethren, sisters and friends In the District and elsewhere 
arc invited and urged to be present, and to participate in 
these dedicatory services. 

Johnstown. Pa. W. M. Howe, Elder in Charge, 


I recently visited the Ottumwa Mission, and worshiped 
with the little flock. Bro. Leslie Cover has charge of the 
work. Both he and his wife arc young In years, but 
start in the work with a determination to make it win, as 
heretofore. Bro, Geo. W. Burgin and his good family have 
gone to Burlington, to open up a new Mission there, under 
the direction of the Mission Board. He is at present can- 
vassing the people and situation very carefully, before 
lie opens a preaching point. He thinks that it is well to 
be careful, and to begin right, as often a work proves a 
failure by not starting at the right place. Bro. Burgin and 
family labored three years In the Ottumwa work, and dur- 
ing this time there were sixty added to the fold by bap- 
tism, and the work grew in valumc and interest. Two 
deacons and one minister were elected. One of the deacons 
has passed over the river. The others are still laboring 
in the work. During this time some have been lost to 
the church, and others have gone to other fields of labor, 
which is a loss to the Mission, but some one else's gain. 

Upon the whole, the work In llns District starts out 
with a bright prospcit, with much work to be done, and 
many yet unsaved. We think Bro. Burgin and family will 
he well equipped for the work in Burlington, and we feel 
assured it will grow. 

The work In Osceola seems to be taking on new life. 
Bro. Lee Fisher is devoting much of his time to the work 
there, this winter, and will have the burden of the work 
upon him from this time. 

We hai'c obtained the consent of Hro. Caskey. now of 
Bethany, hut formerly from our District, to start the work 
in Council Bluff.s about the first of May. He has had 
some experience in the work in Osceola, and since then 
has had several years' .experience and study in Chicago. 
We shall rejoice to have him and his good family work- 
ing among us. 

We certainly arc glad to sec some of our young mem- 
bers willing to leave their secular pursuits, and to conse- 
crate their lives to mission work in their own home terri- 
tory. May the time come when many more will prepare 
themselves and enter the field, for it Is white. — ready for 
the harvest, — and the laborers arc few. 

South English, Iowa, Jan. 9, Peter Brower, Sec. 


The General Temperance Committee is recommending 
lo the Brotherhood, through the other Temperance Com- 
mittees, a variety of the best literature on temperance to 
be had in all the land. 

This Comniiilee is also having published a scries of 
most excellent tracts i)y our own Brethren. The first 
edition of these tracts is free to all, The District Com- 
mittees will be freely supplied. They will send the same 
to the Local Committees, who will see to- it that tlicy are 
judiciously distributed. Not one minister in the Brother- 
hood siiould be missed, when these tracts or any other 
Temperance literature is distributed. 

One of these tracts, a tetter with instructions from the 
General Committee, and a leaflet recommending sources of 
Temperance literature, are now all in the hands of the va- 
rious District Committees. The two last named arc prima- 
rily for the members of the Committees, and there is an 
abundance for all such members. Should there be a de- 
linquent District Committee in the Brotherhood, let the 
Local Committee and the ministers urge them to prompt- 
ness and faithfulness in the discharge of their duties. 

Will the District Committees PLEASE PRESERVE 
literature for Local Committees, yet to be appointed, and 
then see that such Committees are promptly supplied? 

We regret to say that five District Committees have, as 
yet, failed to report their organizations. For these Dis- 
tricts the literature has been sent, respectively, lo the f"l- 
lowing brethren and sisters: H. J. Lilly, Carlisle, Ark; 
S. Z. Sharp, Fruita, Colo.; J. P. Dickey, North Manchester, 
Ind.; Nellie Morton, Ashland. Oregon; Jno. A. Miller, Oak- 
ville. Pa.; Hettie Sanger, Vienna, Va. Let the brethren 
and sisters in Districts where these brethren live, look to 
them for supplies. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27, 1912. 

From the following Districts no Committee has yet been 
reported: Second West Virginia, Texas and Louisiana, 
Southwestern Kansas, and North Carolina and Florida. 
We are now asking for some one in each of said Districts 
to VOLUNTEER to distribute in their respective Dis- 
tricts the literature which we will be pleased to send them 
upon application to tiic writer. 

W. M. Howe, 
Secretary General Temperance Committee. 

1012 Bedford Street, Johnstown, Pa. 

Notes From Oar Correspondents 

As cold water (o a thirsty soul, so is good r 


Frultdale. — Our series of meetings closed Jan. 14, with two 

baptized. Jan. 6 Brethren A. E. Nead and M. Wine left Bro. 

J. L. Giitlirle tn charge of the meeting at this place, whLle they 
went 10 the Wayne Mission, to begin a series of meetings. On 
account of Inclement weathc-r, however, they had to discon- 
tinue the meetings. The Brethren labored very hard while the 
meetings were in progress. As it snowed nearly every night, 
the progress of our meetings was apmewhat hindered, but 
those who were close enough to attend the services were 
greatly built up, and much good was done. We are very for- 
tunate this winter, as two elders have come to us to spend the 
winter. The East Tennessee District has sent Bro. Nead to In- 
vestigate the work, here in thi.s part of ihe South, This makes 
three elders with us at present, for which we truly praise our 
Heavenly Father. — Francis M. White, Fruitdale, Ala., Jan. ID. 


Oovina churcli was especially favored by entertaining the 
District convention of the Sisters' Aid Society, Sunday-school, 
and Christian Workers, which convened Dec, 26, 27 and 28. 
All the meetings were good and now it rests with us to put 
tlie good things to practice in our respective churches. Our 
church met in quarterly council Jan. 5, with Bro, Norcross 
presiding. The church ofUcers for the year were elected. Bro. 
Harvey Sneli was chosen elder. Jan, 11 Bro, Snell gave a talk . 
on missionary work, as outlined by Conference, to work up 
missionary enthusiasm. Bro. Walter Hepner and Sisters Jen- 
nie Brubaker and Grace Rtmyon were chosen as a committee 
A Temperance Committee was also appointed. Bro. Hutchison 
was present, and we expect him to remain with us over Sun- 
day. — Eulalla Overholtzer, Covlna, Cal., Jan. 12. 

Jlenalr. — Two letters of membership have been received. Our 
Sunday-school was reorganized today, with Si.ster Rosa Peter- 
son and Bro. Hiram Lehman as presidents. We feel much en- 
couraged over the reports of the last quarter; also by the 
recent visit of our District Secretary, Bro. Holllnger, who 
seemed well pleased with our little school. We were aJso 
mueli built up by two good sermons, delivered by Bro. A. 
Hutchison. To others passing this way we extend a hearty 
invitation to stop with us. — Myrta Leavell, Denalr, Cal., Jan. 

Empire.— Our church mot In council Jan. G. Our elder, Bro. 
J. W. Deardorff, presided. Fifteen letters of membership were 
received and four were granted. The annual visit was given 
and the members were found to be In peace nnd union with 
each other. Bro. Noah E, Royer was elected Messenger agent 
during Bro. I. Deardorff'.s absence. Christian Worker officers 
were elected for the next six months, with Sister Grace Swi- 
hart a'^ president; Sister Artllene Garvey, secretary. It was 
decided to have prayer meeting every Wednesday night. We 
will hold our love feast Jan. 27, at 2:30 P. M.— Myrtle M. 
Julius. R. D. 3, Box 213, Modesto, Cal.. Jan. 13, 

Fresno. — By arran^.reraents with the District Mission Band 
of Northern California, wife and 1 are In charge of the work 
In Fresno. Any of the Brethren who have friends or relatives 
in the city, will do us a favor by sending name and , address, 
— A. D. Bowman, Fresno, Cal., Jan. 8. 

Pasaideno. — Dec. 31 Bro. D, L, Miller came to us. In the 
.several Bible Land talks that ho gave while with us, he 
.■showed many proofs of the truthfulness of the Bible. These 
were followed by goul-lnspirlng sermons. The menibers were 
strengthened and encouraged. Two have already been bap- 
tized and one was reclaimed. Others are awaiting baptism. 
Bro, Miller labored earnestly and prayerfully, and we believe 
nnany others were Impresspd. The interest throughout the 
meetings was good. Jan. 7 our District Missionary Educa- 
tional Secretary, Bro. Harvey Snell, of Covlna, Cal,, came to 
us and gave us a vision of the future work, that la possible In 
the mission field, Bro. Myers and Sisters Vanlman and Olwin 
were then chosen as a Missionary Committee, to agitate and 
work up an interest in mission study. Our meetings closed 
with a love feast Jan. 14, A number of brethren and sisters 
were with us from adjoining churches. The best of order and 
Interest prevailed. — Bertha Harper, 343 North Mentor Avenue, 
Pasadena, Cal., Jan. IB. 

Sacramento Valley church met In regular council In the new 
church building Jan, 2, with Bro. Forney presiding. One let- 
ter of membership was received. Bro. J. Overholtzer was 
elected elder, wllh Bro, W. E. Wbltcher assistant; Bro. L. Q. 
Custer, trustee and treasurer; Bro, John Overholtzer, clerk; 
Bro. M. N. Overholtzer, Messenger agent; Sister Roda Cuater, 
chorister; the writer, correspondent; Bro. J. F. Fagg, Sunday- 
school superintendent. We have five regular teachers and 
two assistant teachers, Bro, John Overholtzer was elected 
president of the Christian Workers' Meeting; Sister Bertha 
Lagen, secretary, A vote of thanka was extended to our 
Bro. Forney for his services and kindly advice. — Sister Eu- 
genie Llnville, Butte Valley. Cal., Jan, 4. 


Sterling' church met in council Dec. 23, Our elder, Bro. D, 
B. Miller, presided, Bro, Miller was chosen as our elder In 
charge for another year; Bro. Jacob Miller, clerk; Bro, R. J. 
Patterson, treasurer; Sister Hattie North, church correspond- 
ent. Bro. Alonzo Turner was chosen superintendent of the 
Sunday-school: Bro, J. M. Miller, secretary. Christian Worker 
officers were also chosen, with Sister H, E. North, president; 
Bro, P, Cyril North, secretary-treasurer. Dec, 24 treats of candy 
and nuts were distributed to the Sunday-school, 1)1 the even- 
ing we had a program of songs and recitations appropriate 
for Christmas Eve. Bro. A C, Daggett came to us Dec, 23 and 
preached eight sermons. We held our love feast Dec. 2S. Bro. 
Daggett officiated. Recently one sister was added to the 
church here by baptism. Jan. 13 the brethren, sisters and 
friends, to the number of about thirty-five, drove six miles to 
the home of our elder. It being bis forty-fifth birthday. We 
left a donation with him as a slight token of our love and es- 
teem, — Hattie North. 204 Park Street, Sterling, Colo,, Jan, 13. 


Clear Water.— Bro, L. H. Eby. a member of the Mission 
Board, preached for us on Sunday morning and evening The 
members met In special council In the afternoon, with Bro 
L. H. Eby as moderator. One was restored to fellowship 
Bro, Eby was chosen as our elder for one vear. — Bertha Elsen- 
bise, Lenore, Idaho, Jan, 15, 

Wozperce church met tn council, to organize for the year's 
work. Eld, L. H. Eby being present, was chosen as our elder 
In charge for one year; Bro. Iven Jorgans, reelected clerk- 
Bro. Frank Fike. reglected treasurer; the writer. Messenger 
agent and correspondent: Sister Cynthia Thomas chorister- 
Bro. Iven Jor^ns, Sunday-school superintendent; Sister Ethel 

Lehman, secretary; Sister Lizzie Lohr, president of the Chris- 
tian Workers' Meeting; Slater Lela Greek, secretary; Bro. Ar- 
thur Beekly, president of the prayer meeting. Dec. 25 Bro, 
Eby commenced a ten days' Bible term, giving two lessons 
each day, commencing with Acts 1, one lesson; sei;ond lesson, 
Eph. 1, followed by preaching In the evening. One was re- 
claimed, and there are three applicants for baptism. Bro. Eby 
worked earnestly for the cause of the Master at this place, 
and left many good impressions. The Master's cause was 
strengthened. — Wm. H. Lichty, Nezperce, Idaho, Jan, 16, 

Hickory Grove.— We .ad the pleasure of having Bro. M. W. 

Emmert with us for a short time In Bible study. He came 
Jan. 15 to conduct a three-days' Bible term, but he could only 
give us four lessons, as he was then called home on account of 

the fire at the college. Wo were very much benefited with 
what we heard, and regret very much that he could not stay 
longer. Our Sunday-school Is growing In Interest and the out- 
look Is bright. Our Christian Workers' and prayer meetings 
liave been somewhat hindered. On account of the cold weather 
the attendance has been small, but all who attended seemed to 
be interested. We expect to keep Bro. W, H, Eisenbise as our 
pastor for this year, — Anna Fierheller, R, D, G, Mount Carroll, 
III., Jan. 18. 

Beacb Grove. — We were made to rejoice on Christmas Fve 
when one more soul came out on the Lord's side and was bap- 
tized on Christmas Day. Dec 24 we reorganized our Sunday- 
school for one year, with Sister Hattie Shull as superintend- 
ent; Sister Ruth Sheppard, secretary. Sunday before Christ- 
mas we had ninety-eight In Sunday-school, and gave them a 
small treat. We expect Bro. W, L. Hatcher, of Smithvllle. 
Ind.. to begin a series of meetings for us Feb. 17, — Hattie 
Sliull, Ingalls, Ind., Jan. 16. 

Beaver Creek, — Bro, Obed Rife preached for us Dec. 23 and 
24. Bro. J, L. Mahon began a series of meetings Dec. 25, clos- 
ing Jan. 17. He delivered twenty-seven good sermons. Our 
church was strengthened and encouraged through Bro. Mahon's 
Inbor.'^ with us. One sister was reclaimed and others were 
m.ade to think of their condition. The attendance and interest 
were good at all the meetinRs. The song services were con- 
ducted by Sister Hatcher, of Summltville, Ind. — Sarah Hahn, 
R. D. 1, Pulaski, Ind,, Jan. 19. 

Eel Hiver. — We met on Sunday evening, Jan. 7, at our West 
house to reorganize our Christian Workers' Meeting. Sister 
Orpha Butterbaugh was chosen as our president: the writer, 
.secretary. We are assisting In the support of a native worker 
In India. We have donated 524, Our Thanksgiving offering 
of S3 was sent to the Orphans' Home at Mexico, Ind. We also 
gave S2.50 towards buying "Kingdom Songs" for the church. 
Bro. Chas. Oberlln, of Logansport, Ind., will assist us in a se- 
ries of meetings, beginning Jan. 21, — Iva Montel. Claypoo!, 
Ind.. Jan, 18, 

Elkhart. — Dec. 31 Bro. Lafayette Steele wus with us at our 
morning service and installed the Sunday-school officers for 
1912. His address was much appreciated. In the evening he 
gave a practical talk to the joint Sunday-school meeting, held 
here on "The Sunday-school In Operation." The joint Chris- 
tian Workers' Meeting, which followed, used "China" as the 
subject for the evening. The papers *ere well prepared and 
we believe were proliLable to all. Bro. Isaac Frantz, whom we 
expected to be with us during the month of January, will not 
be with us until Feb. IS. The average attendance of our Sun- 
day-school for 1911 was 122; total collection. S311,90. — Mrs, 
Gladle S. Miller, 141 Garfield Ave., Elkhart, Ind., Jan. 16. 

GOBben City church met in council Dec. 20, with our elder, 
Bro. I. L. Berkey, presiding. All the officers were elected for 
this year, with Bro. T, L, Berkey as elder; Bro. Mehl Swartz, 
clerk; Bro. D. R, Toder, treasurer and Sunday-school superin- 
tendent; Sister Flora Gripe, Messenger agent; Bro, Frank 
Hess, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting; Sister 
Daniel Logan, president of the Sisters' Aid Society; Sister 
Lena Hess, superintendent of the home department of the 
Sunday-school. A Workers' meeting and another teacher- 
training class were organized. Bro, D, R. Yoder was elected 
leader of the Workers' meeting, with Bro, John Warstler as- 
sistant, and Sister Emma Garver teacher of the training class. 
On Wednesday evening, .tune 10. a special members' meeting 
was called, when two more surrendered their lives for the 
Master, being baptized the same evening. Our elder gave us 
a very Inspiring talk that evening, together with a few other 
short but very Impressive talks. Our Sunday-school Is grow- 
ing, and the possibilities are great for 1912. By the earnest 
solicitation of our pastor. Bro, Walter Warstler, we have 
started another class of young married people, which looks 
very encouraging to us. The prospect for the new year seems 
brighter in ail the departments than It ever has been during 
the history of the church, — Nina Miller, 1601 South Main 
Street, Goshen. Ind,. Jan. 17. 

Noble Bville.— Jan, 7, at our Christian Workers' Meeting, our 
son and one other dear soul made the good confession, and on 
Jan. 14 our daughter and two others made known their desire 
to follow Christ, Several others are near the kingdom. — E, E. 
Stern, 212 Grant Street, Noblesvllle, Ind.. Jan. 15, 

west Marion. — On Sunday evening, Jan, 14, we closed a 
three weeks' series of meetings with Bro Chas. Oberlln. of 
Logansport, Ind., conducting the services. Good interest was 
manifested, considering,- the very cold weather, which contin- 
ued for most of the time. As a result of the meetings six 
were baptized, and two are awaiting baptism. Bro. Oberlln 
goes from here to the Eel River church. West house, near Sil- 
ver Lake, Ind. — J. A. Leckron, Jonesboro. Ind., Jan. 18. 

wmte church has Just closed a very Interesting series of 
meetings, beginning Dec. 31 and closing Jan. 14. Eld. A. G. 
Crosswhite,. of Flora, Ind.. conducted the meetings. Sister 
Fannie Myers, of Flora, assisted In the song service, which 
all appreciated. The attendance was good, considering the bad 
weather,— Lellah Wall. Clarkshill, Ind., Jan. 17. 


Dee Moines Valley — Our Sunday-school met for reorganiza- 
tion Jan. 14. Bro. G. E. Goughnour was elected superintend- 
ent. The attendance has been poor on account of the cold, 
stormy weather, — Lydla Bell. Ankeny, Iowa. Jan, 16, 

Mount Etna. — Bro. Solomon Bucklew came to this place and 
held a short series of meetings, commencing Dec. 31 and con- 
tinuing two weeks. He preached fifteen powerful sermons. 
Though there were no additions to the church, yet the mem- 
bership was much built up. He also assisted in holding our 
council, acting as moderator. He stated that he long had a 
desire to visit our chTirch and also to preach here a few times, 
and was gratified to have this privilege afforded him. If 
there are any others In the Brotherhood that could do likewise, 
their visit will be very much appreciated. Any of our min- 
isters, looking for a location, are Invited to come here and 
look over the territory. We have no one to preach for us at 
present, and any one who would agree to take up the work, 
would be given a partial support, at least. Any of our minis- 
ters, traveling over the C, B. & Q, R, R,, will please stop oft 
at Corning. At Sink's Livery Barn a conveyance will be given 
them to come to Mount Etna. The expenses will be paid by 
us. Please address the writer. — Simon Arnold, Mount Etna, 
Iowa. Jan. 15. 


Fredonla. — I should like to correspond with members, if 
there are any located in a general farming country In Texas. 
I want to change my location, but do not want to go where 
there Is no prospect for an organization of the Brethren- 
Should like to hear at an early date, as I must locate by- 
March 1.— Wm. M. Toung.'R. D. 4. Box 78. Fredonla. Kans., 
Jan. 13. 

Independence. — On Saturday evening we met in council with 
a good representation of members, considering the condition of 
the weather. Eld. W, H. Miller ffxesL^ed,. A« busl,n6ss wa^ 

disposed of quickly and harmoniously. Bro. W. H. Miller was 
chosen elder In charge for another year; Sister Pella Carson, 
clerk and correspondent; Bro, J, W. Crumrlne, treasurer; Bro, 
Albert Corn, agent; Brethren J, M. Franklin and Roy Corn, 
trustees, Sunday-school and Christian 'Worker officers were 
elected for six months, with Bro. J. M. Franklin, Sunday- 
school superintendent; Sister Grace Crumrlne, secretary-treas- 
urer; Bro. Roy Corn, president of the Christian Workers' 
Meeting; Sister Annie Miller, secretary-treasurer. Sister An- 
nie Miller was also chosen chorister for all services. All our 
services are Inspiring and Increasing In attendance. One was 
dismissed by letter. Jan. 6 two were received by letter. Eld. 
C, A. Miller preached an Inspiring sermon, last night, to an in- 
terested audience. We also decided to hold monthly mem- 
bers' meetings the first Saturday evening of each month. — 
Pella Carson, R. D. 2, Box 8. Independence, Kans.. Jan. 15. 

Kansas City. — We are passing through some new experi- 
ences in our city. We have had a long-continued, severe 
spell of weather. All outdoor work has been stopped for sev- 
eral weeks. Nearly all In our city depend on natural gas for 
heating and cooking, and when the weather turned cold, at 
twenty-two below zero, the gas failed, thousands suffered, and 
a few froze to death. Then, when we were forced back to 
coal, many had no money, and those who did have, found a 
coal famine. Since Jan. 14, however, there is coal enough for 
all. Near us a man was found in bed who had died during 
the night. In the bed were found five small children with 
only one blanket over them and no fire. One place we found 
a widow with four children who stayed in bed two days with 
no fuel or money. At another place, at nine o'clock at night, 
we found a sick father with a wife and two children, with no 
fuel except a few pine boxes and a stove without a door. We 
found the father with a comforter around him. holding one 
baby and the mother with the only other comforter around 
her, holding the other baby. Had we not found them, they 
would have spent the night that way. Charitable organiza- 
tions did all In their power when the sudden attack of cold 
weather came. We had a good supply of bedding, clothing, 
and some money in our relief fund. We had Joy In giving help 
to about three hundred, but for several days we had to turn 
all away, — many going away In tears. May the Lord bless 
those who made It possible for us to give what aid we did. — 
I. H. Crist, C27 St. Paul Street, Kansas City, Kans., Jan. 16. 


Prederick City church met in council Jan. 17, with our older, 
Bro. G. S. Harp, of the Middletown Valley congregation, pre- 
siding. The question of finance was the principal feature of 
the meeting and occupied considerable time.' Our people need 
more teaching along the line of giving, and sometimes those 
who contribute least are the worst complalners. The writer 
was elected church correspondent. The church decided to re- 
tain the writer as pastor for another year. Two baptisms in 
this congregation have not been previously reported. The 
sewing circle of the church is an active body, and its influence 
has been felt in more ways than one. — R. A. Nedrow, 121 East 
Fourth Street, Frederick, Md., Jan. 18. 

Hag-ersto-wn. — Jan. 17 one applicant, — a father, — made a New 
Year's resolution to serve the Lord. The rite of baptism was 
administered after prayer meeting. For this laudable resolve 
we praise the Lord. We are also glad to report the interest 
manifested in our Sunday-school. Bro, Chas. Shafer, who has 
served so faithfully for the past few years, was reelected 
superintendent. Our Sunday-school Is also increasing In num- 
ber. Quite a number of classe.s are raising funds for the en- 
largement of our Sunday-school room.— Gamma L. Krider, 8 
South Mulberry Street, Hagerstown, Md., Jan. 18. 

Meadow Brancli.— We will hold a special Bible term In the 
Westminster church, beginning Feb. 18, to continue a week ■ 
or ten days, conducted by Bro. J. Kurtz Miller and the writer. 
A number from adjoining-" and other congregations in Pennsyl- 
vania are arranging to be with us. Bring your Bibles and 
Hymnals with you, \Vrlte early to Bro. E. M. Bish. our church 
clerk, to secure location and board. " Sunday-schol Manage- 
ment and Problems." as well as " Church Doctrines and Ordi- 
nances " will be considered. The Bible will be the textbook, — 
W. E. Roop, Westminster, Md,. Jan. l-'i. 

The Eastern District Temperance Committee. — Brethren J. 
J. John. Robert J. RIdgely and W. E. Roop met recently In 
Frederick City, and arranged for quite an amount of aggress- 
ive work for the current year. Plans were agreed upon by 
which the public may be more thoroughly taught and aroused 
as to the nature and consequences of strong drink. Local 
temperance committees will be provided with literature for the 
Sunday-schools and for general distribution. We forwarded 
S22.50 to the Annual Meeting Committee to aid In defraying 
their expenses. Notice is hereby given to all the elders of the 
District, and all the Sundaj'-school superintendents, to for- 
ward their respective amounts as arranged for. annually, for 
the temperance cause, to the imderslgned as treasurer of the 
District Committee, Otherwise no credits for contributions 
to the temperance work can appear for some of our churches 
on the annual report to the District Meeting. — ^W, E. Roop, 
Treasurer of Temperance Committee of the Eastern District 
of Maryland, Westminster, Md., Jan, 13. 


TtQng ^ake. — Our series of meetings closed Dec. 31. We 
had intended to continue the meetings until Jan, 1, but Bro. 
Uiery was unexpectedly called home and left us on Sunday 
noon. We enjoyed his presence very much and were greatly 
inspired by the talks he gave. He was with us Dec, 25 and' 
gave three very interesting talks on the "Life of Christ." 
Each day after this, at 1 P, M. and 7: 30 P. M., we had studies 
from the "Life of Christ," The meetings held In the daytime 
were at private homes, and In the evening at our sehoolhouse. 
We never had large crowds at any of the meetings, but there 
were many strangers present who never attended services be- 
fore, and their attention was a sure proof of the interest 
taken In the meetings, ' We have decided to hold services each 
Sunday evening at the home of Bro, Sower, about three and 
a half miles from our place of worship, as some young people 
near this place manifested much Interest In our meetings at 
the sehoolhouse. This will make It closer for them all. and 
will give us a better opportunity to reach them. Brethren 
wi.'ihing to ciiange location will find it to their best interest 
to inquire into the opportunities at this place. We can use the 
services of another minister to very good advantage at this 
place. — William Blttel. Freesoll, Mieh,, Jan, 3, 

Zlon. — At our last council, Dec, 23, three were received by 
letter and two more were received by letter the other Sunday. 
"We have had some cold, stormy Sundays here of late, j-et the 
people braved the storm to come nut to the place of worship, 
showing their earnestness for the Master. Our number is 
slowly but steadily increasing. Brethren are coming here to 
get good homes, and there is room for more enterprising 
church workers. AH Inquiries will be answered. — W. F. Ma- 
son, R. D. 2, Prescott, Mich., Jan. 16. 

Winona,^Bro. D. '^''arren Shock, of Chicago, III., came to us 
Dec. 23 and began a series of meetings. He preached twenty 
splendid sermons. Jan. 6 four were born Into the kingdom of 
Christ by baptism, and In the evening twenty-six surrounded 
the Lord's tables and partook of the communion. Considering 
the extreme cold weather we had, during the meetings, every 
one was Interested and willing to lend a helping hand. Our 
elder, Bro. D. H, Keller, was with us and assisted In the meet- 
ings. Bro. Shock's labors among us have been very helpful to 
the church and community. We do not have any money In the 
Mission at this writing. — Maud Thompson, 465 Olmstead 
Street. Winona. Minn., Jan. 12. 

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US again Jan. 2 and preaclied at the Weatherly schuolbouse. 
The weather becoming unfavorabie, our meetings closed Jan. 
7. All rejoice that four came out on tJie Lord's side, who are 
now awaiting the rite of baptism. Some are heads of fami- 
lies. Others were almost persuaded. The attendance and in- 
terest were good. Bro. Ritchey preached the last sermon in 
i'eace Valley Jan. S. His sermons were all interesting and 
..ncournging. — Annie Diedlker, Peace Valley, Mo., Jan. 17. 

St, Josepii Mission. — Our cliurcli met In council Dec. 28. 
Cljiircli oftlcers were elected for the year, Sunday-school and 
Christian Worker officers were elected for six months; also 
Sunday-school officers for the Hyde Park Mission were elected. 
The writer and wife were unanimously elected to remain in 
cliarge of this mission for 1912. Our series of meetings begun 
on Christmas night and closed Jan. 12. Though the weather 
was extremely coid, — mercury having fallen as low as twenty 
degrees below zero, — the attendance and interest were very 
good, Bro. T. A. Eisenbise, of Morrill, Kans., was selected to 
hold the meetings, but was unfortunately detained, and was 
only able to hold three services. The rest of the meetings 
were conducted by the writer, who preached sixteen sermons. 
One was restored to fellowship, three were baptized and one 
luvaits the rite of baptism. Bro. J. E. Stanturf conducted serv- 
ices over last Lord's Day, while the writer held services at 
Langdon, Mo., sixty-two miles north of here, where we now 
have six members. Jan. 7 a poor invalid girl came to our 
door, almost frozen, having just baen discharged from the hos- 
pital. We gave her a welcome into our home, as she was 
homeless and without friends. We at once began to teach her 
the way of Jesus more perfectly, and she was the last one bap- 
tized during our meetings. We have found her a home with 
Brother and Sister M. W. Lewis, of Langdon, Mo. At pres- 
ent we have twelve in our family, A brother and sister, and 
a family of six children have just come to live next door 
south of us, as soon as tlieir furniture comes.— E. N. Huff- 
man, 502 Kentucky Street, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 17. 

Beatrice. — ^We are siill pressing forward in the Master's 
work. We had a program suitable for the season on Christ- 
mas Eve, and on Dec. 30 met in council to arrange our work 
for the year 1913. We again chose Bro. A. D. SoUenberger as 
our pastor and elder; Bro, E. J. Kessler, Sunday-school super- 
intendent, with a full corps of assistants. Bro. Brlce Young 
Is the president of the Christian Workers' Meeting, with Sla- 
ter Alice Relff as secretary. — Allle Eisenbise. Beatrice, Nebr.. 
Jan. 17. 

Brloeton Mission.— Bro. Joel A. Vaiictl, of Hamler, Ohio 
came to this place Jan. 1, to continue the revival meetings 
which had been closed for a time on account of bad weather 
and bad roads. He delivered sixteen Inspiring sermons. 
While there were no accessions to the church, the members 
were very much strengthened. We hope arrangements can he 
made to have Bro. Vaneil preach for us once a month Bro 
L. H. Prowant. of I.^tty, Ohio, has charge of the work at this 
place, and is with us one Sunday of each month. Our Chris- 
tian Workers' Meetings are well attended. Though the mer- 
cury was from live to twenty-nine degrees below zero, our 
attendance was good. Any brother or sister, desiring to do 
mission work at this place, might donate us the Messenger. 
We could place ten jar twelve copies in homes where an inter- 
est has been started. The work at this place owes its start 
to the Messenger being donated, several years ago, by the 
Publishing House to a poor sister at this place, — Pearl Brown 
U. D. 10, Defiance, Ohio, Jan. 15. 

BrookvUle — Bro. M. Flory. of Glrard. 111., was with the 
members of this place in a series of meetings from Dec. IS 
lo Jan. 7. He gave us many practical sermons which, we hope, 
will result in much good. One was added to the church by 
baptism, and others were almost persuaded. — Mrs. Ezra Kim- 
mel, Brookville. Ohio, Jan. 11. 

East Dayton.^Bro. Dorsey Hodgden, of Huntington, Ind.. 
came to us Dec. 28, to assist us in a series of meetings. Bro. 
Hodgden did his part nobly, giving us twenty inspiring ser- 
mons and a talk to the children. One dear sister was received 
into the church by baptism, and othtrs are thinking seriously. 
The Christian Workers seem to be starting the year anew, by 
doing more work, and giving others more things to think upon. 
An enthusiastic Sunday-school was held at this place Jan. 
14. — Alice Tippy, 1430 May Street, Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 15. 

East NimlBMUen.— Dec. 16 Bro. D. R. McFadden. began a se- 
ries of meetings at the Lake house. Great interest was mani- 
fested from the beginning, regardless of the rainy weather 
and bad roads. At times the roads looked like rivers of mud. 
yet the attendance was good. The meetings continued at this 
house until Dec. 31. On New Year's Day he began a series of 
meetings at the Brick house, continuing until Jan. 14. Bro. 
McFaddeh labored hard the four weeks he was with ua, deal- 
ing out the Bread of Life each evening, and visiting the sick, 
tiie wayward and the unsaved during the day. Twelve were 
received into the church by baptism, and there are three appli- 
cants for baptism. Otiiers were greatly impressed. We are 
glad for the good that the Holy Spirit has accomplished 
through the earnest efforts of our brother.— A. J, Carper. Mid- 
dlebranch, Ohio, Jan. IB. 

Port McKlnley church met in regular council Jan. 10. Vis- 
iting brethren present were J. C. Bright, D. M. Carver, L. A. 
Eookwalter, D. S. Pilbrun and Wm. Swinger. One letter was 
received and three were granted. We decided to purchase 
■"I-Cingdom Songs" for use in our Sunday-school. The follow- 
ing brethren were elected to serve one year: Bro. A. L. Klep- 
Inger, as our eider; Bro. John Bowser, trustee; Bro. Geo. 
Mumma, clerk and treasurer; Bro. Galen Etter, Messenger 
agent; the writer, correspondent. Bro. Walter Holler was 
elected to the ministry and with Sister Holler duly Installed. — 
Jesse F. Coy, 320 W. Third Street. Dayton. Ohio, Jan. 13. 

lick Creek church met in council Jan. C. Our elder, Bro. 
Geo. Sellers, presided. Bro. Sellers asked to be relieved of his 
labors at this place, on account of his contemplated departure 
from here in the spring. The following ofHcers were elected 
for this year: Bro. A. M. Moore, treasurer; Bro. S. A. Miller, 
trustee; Sister Minerva Kintner, solicitor; the writer, secretary 
and church correspondent; and Bro. J. W. Kelser. of Alvordton, 
Ohio, was chosen as our elder in charge for one year. — Wesley 
Leonard, Bryan, Ohio, Jan. 12. 

Silver Creek. — Bro. Wm. Blxler, of East Akron, Ohio, Is ex- 
pected to begin a series of meetings at the Hickory Grove 
house Jan. 20. A hearty invitation is extended to all the 
brethren and sisters to attend these services. Bro. D. G. Berk- 
ebile, of Delta, Ohio, conducted a two weeks' series of meet- 
ings at the Walnut Grove house. Owing to the bad condition 
oi the roads the attendance was not large, but the meetings 
were spiritual and the members were much strengthened, 
through the earnest efforts of our brother. — Mrs. Ottie Fisher, 
R- ij- 1. Pioneer, Ohio, Jan. 15. 

Toledo Misaion — Jan. 14 Bro. N. K. McICimmey and wife 
were with us. Bro. McKimmey was our former pastor, and it 
was a mutual pleasure to meet again. He delivered an ex- 
cellent sermon from thetext " Christ Is al! and in all." Our dear 
brother and sister were proving to be a blessing to this church 
When, on account of Bro. McKlmmey's failing health, they 
were obliged to leave this field of work. Since thei. he has 
heen suffering greatly, yet it seemed to be a pleasure for him 
to give i;s encouraging words. Gradually he kept growing 
worse, called for the elder and was anointed. The doctor ad- 
vised him to have another operation, and he is here for that 
purpose. May the united prayers of God's people help him to 
regain his strength, that he may be of future usefulness in 
tne Lord's work!— Fay Kaaer, 628 Leonard St.. Toledo, Ohio. 
Jan. 16. 


Motmd TaUey church met in council Jan. 13. Eld. J. Apple- 
man presiding. Three letters of membership were granted. 

Bro. Appleraan asked to be relieved of the eldership of this 
c;^hurch. His request was granted, and Bro. A. L. Boyd, of 
cordell, Okia-. was chosen. It was decided to have prayer 
meeUngs at our homes each Thursday evening. We will have 
preaohlng on Sunday evenings after Christian Workers' Meet- 
ing. Our Sunday-school was reorganized. Bro. T. E. Poyner 
was elected as superintendent, and Sister Mabel Poynor na 
secretary. — Elsie K. Sanger, Thomas, Okla,. Jan. 15. 

Motmt Hope.— Our church met in council Jan. IS. Eld. Jo- 
siah Lehman, of Guthrie, Okla.. presided. Bro. Peter Meek was 
elected superintendent of the Sunday-school; Sister Clara 
Howell, secretary- treasurer. Bro. Lehmnn was chosen older 
for this church. Wo are greatly in need of workers at this 
place, and would be glad to correspond with any members 
desiring to change location, and willing to labor for the promo- 
tion of the church. Who will come and help us?— Jno. D, 
Howell, Crescent, Okla., Jan. IS. 

Pleasant Plains. — Our series of meetings closed last Sunday 
evening, which was conducted by Bro. I. H. Miller. Much good 
seed was sown. The attendance was not very good, on account 
of the coid weather. The meetings began Deo 31 and closed 
Jan. 14. Bro. Miller preached fourteen sermons. — Efllo Ham- 
merstead. Ringwood, Okla,, Jan. 17. 

Washita-— Our cliurch met in council one week later than 
usual on account of cold weather. Our elder. Bro. A. L. Boyd. 
presided. Two letters of membership were received. Church 
and Christian Workers' Meeting oflicers were elected for one 
year. Bro. J. W. Battey was chosen superintendent of the Sun- 
day-school. — Mollie Yoder. R. D, 4, Cordcll, Okla,. Jan. 17. 


Coqnille Valley church met in council January 6. Bro. J, S. 
Root presided. This being the first council of tho year, mi'ich 
business came up for consideration. Bro. J. S. Root was re- 
elected as our housekeeper for the ensuing year. Bro. Isaac 
Barklow, Sunday-school superintendent. Christian Workers' 
officers were also appointed. The writer waa chosen church 
correspondent. Bro. J. W. Barnott, of Bandon, was wltli. us 
over Sunday, and preached a refreshing sermon. — Cora S. 
Barklow, Myrtle Point, Oregon, Jan. 13. 

Mohawk VaUey. — Jan. 4 our elder, Bro. H. H. Kclm, came 
to us, and preached for us that evening. Jan. 5 we had our 
regular council. Bro, Keim presiding. Our church olllcers wore 
elected for another year. Bro. Keim was reelected as our 
elder; Bro. Henry Royer was appointed superintendent; Bro. 
Piquet, church treasurer and trustee; Sister Piquet, reelected 
chorister; Sister Maria Workman, reelected clerk; the writer, 
reelected church correspondent and Messenger agtnt. We had 
a good council. Bro. Keim preached for us on Friday even- 
ing. Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Bro. Keim will 
come again Feb, 16 and will remain with ua till Feb, 13. Wo 
feel much encouraged for the good work that Bro. Keim has 
done for us here. W^e have bright prospects for this church. 
— Sarah Brlckcr, Mabel, Oregon, Jan. 10. 


G-ermontowu church met in council Jan. 2, Eld. Orater pre- 
siding. Much business came before the meeting. Sunday- 
school and Christian Workers' Meeting oITlcers were elected 
for the year. Our pastor was chosen superintendent of tho 
Sunday-school; Bro. Walter Swlgart, secretary; Si.iter Alice 
Martin, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting; Slati-r 
Helen Buchanan, secretary. At tlie close of our evening serv- 
ices on Sunday, Jan. 7, one young lady, a member of the Sun- 
day-school, was received into the church by baptism, — Anna 
Swlgart, 6G11 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Pa., Jan. 15. 

Midway. — Bro. Levi S, Mohier, of Ellzabothtowii. opened a 
series of meetings for us at the Midway house Dec. 23, and 
continued until Jan. 11. Tho attendance was good at llmen, 
but the weather was against us during tho latter part of thu 
meeting, Bro. Mohier does not shun to preach the whole Oo.h- 
pel, and dealt out the Broad of Life faithrully. Ho devotes 
his entire time to the evangelistic field, — A, I-I, Brubaclier, 
R. D. 7, Lebanon, Pa., Jan. 15. 

Montgromery, — Our cliurch met in council jan, 1. Our elder, 
Bro. Brlce Sell, presided. Arrangements were made for a 
series of mefl^ngs for the future, and a committee was ap- 
pointed to saeure a minister to hold same. Bro, Oran Fyock 
was elected delegate to District Meeting, One wa,^ restored. 
— D. R. Eerky. Marlon Center, Pa. 

PhiladelpUla (Bethany Mission, 3255 Kensington Avenue). 
—Sunday, Dec. 31. was a day of great rejoicing. At the closo 
of the evening service, after an Intermission of an hour, wc 
had a watch meeting. Many took part In testimony, .singing 
and prayer. As the old year was rung out and the now year 
ushered In, seven dear souls accepted Christ In their lives, 
and went home rejoicing In the newly-found Savior. They 
began this new year by consecrating their lives to the Blessed 
Master. Last Sunday evening, Jan. 7, five of them were bap- 
tized. — Sallie B. Schnell, 1906 N. Park Avenue, Philadelphia, 
Pa., Jan. 13. 

Philadelphia CFlrst Church of the Brethren, Dauphin Street, 
above Broad Street). — On Sunday, Dec, 31 our pastor gave us 
two very impressive and heart-stirring sermons. In tho even- 
ing, after the service, we had an Intermission of one hour and 
a half, after which we had a watch meeting with heart-to- 
heart talks, singing and prayer. These meetings, while Had, 
are mingled with Joy. By taking a retrospective view, wo see 
much undone that should have been done. Then, too, there 
Is great rejoicing In God's mercy, that we may again newly 
consecrate our lives to his service. — Sallie B. Schnell, 1908 N. 
Park Avenue. Philadelphia. Pa., Jan. 13. 

TJpper Canowago church met in council at Ea-st Berlin, Pa,, 
Jan, 6, with Eld. C. L. Baker In charge. One was received by 
letter, and a letter of membership was granted. We have de- 
cided to adopt the taxation system In our congregation. An 
election was held for four brethren to go from house to 
house and take the valuation of each member. Tho following 
brethren were elected: Brethren Ezra Brown, John W. Lorew, 
Daniel Stoner and William E. Brough, Jan. 7 we reorganized 
our Sunday-school for the year, with the writer rei51ected as 
superintendent; Bro. Paul Lerew, secretary. Wo decided to 
hold our love feast at the Mummert house May 25 and 2C. On 
Sunday evening, Jan. 7, Bro. S. B. Myers, of near Loganvllle, 
Pa., preached for us at East Berlin, and also gave us Instruc- 
tion in vocal music for a few evenings. — Andrew Bowser, Eaut 
Berlin, Fa., Jan. 16. 

■yellow Creek. — We met In council at the Bethel house Jan. 
6, and transacted much business. We decided to hold our love 
feast May 26. The following Sunday-school officers were 
elected: Bro. Edward Steele, superintendent at Bethel; Slater 
Blanche Gordon, secretary; Bro. James H. Clapper, superin- 
tendent of the Yellow Creek school; Slater Mary Stayer, sec- 
retary. Bro. Geo. Batzel was elected president of the Chris- 
tian Workers' Meeting for this year. Ten were recently added 
to the church by baptism, — Levi E. Greenawalt, R. D. 7. Ev- 
erett, Pa.. Jan, 15. 

Prench Broad. — Bro. J, C. Bashor, of Joneaboro, Tenn., 
preached two excellent sermon."! for us Dec. 25 and 20, which 
all enjoyed. We would have been glad to have had him with 
us longer. Our churchhouse has recently been rfroofed. We 
expect to hold a series of meetings about the middle of Feb- 
ruary, to be conducted by Bro. J, D. Clark, of Jonesboro. Tenn. 
We are trying to continue our Sunday-school through the 
winter, but the weather being rough, the attendance Is small. 
Still there are a few faithful ones who go, regardless of bad 
weather. — Mollie Satterfield, Dandrldge. Tenn.. Jan. 13. 

Uanvel. — Our revival meetings closed Dec. 30. Ero. A. A, 
Sutter did the preaching. The meetings were quite a success, 
considering the bad weather. Two were baptized and much 
other good wag done. Ero. Sutler Is ^n able minister. — A. J. 
Hicks, Manvel, Tex.. Jan. 18. 

copper HiU.— Bro. j. H. Wlmmor began a series of meeting 

mens "°'t,""'*"'- i^"^ '''■ "'^ '"^"-'"^'"'^ ^'^ht Interesting S- 
mons. The meetings were well attended and the Interest 
good consider ne the weather. One can.o out on the L^rS 
^^«'nJV, * ."""tf^ '';^'"'' ^^^P'^' '"^f^^ssed, and the members 
strengthened. Bro. Wlmmer visited many different homes.- 
Lella Shaver, Bent Mountain, Vo., Jan. 11 

MIU Opeek.--A singing class was held at this church during 
the last week in December, conducted by Prof. B. F. Sink, 
Which was well attended. Bro. 1. s. Long also gave sc vera 
Interesting lectures during that time. At our lute council Bro 
H. C. Early tendered his resignation of tho eldership at this 
« .'^''u .^'■''- .^'V"l^ "n^ luborod with us long and faithfully, 
w n ^ f with deep regret we seo him leave us. We know ho 
w 11 bo used of the Lord wherever ho goes, and our prayers go 
with him to his now (iold of labor. We still retain him ns 
our advisory older. Wo have now only one acting older. Bro. 
Joseph Pence, for a momberahlp of four hundred.— Peirl M 
Showaltor, North Rlvor, Va., Jan. IG. 

Bedoak Qrovo church mot In council Jan. 13. Our older 
Bro. W. H. Naff, presided. Three church letters were granted' 
A committee of three wna appointed to help to develop more 
missionary spirit In our congroBatlon.— Brethren Asa Bowman 
and A. Spanglor nnd Sister Margaret Yates. The petition from 
the District Temperance Commlltco was piiaaod upon. We hud 
preaching on Sunday, at U A. M.. by Bro. Asa Bowman —Ella 
Bowman, Box 44. R. D. 5, Floyd, Va., Jan. IB. 

TimborvUlo church met In council Jan. G, our older. J. Car- 
son Miller, presiding. Ono letter waa granted. All old olll- 
cers. with few exceptions, were roiJlectod. Bro. J. A. Zlgler 
was elected penny solicitor for TImbervlllo. and Emmanuel 
Andes for Mt. Olivet, llrethren D. S. Wampler, c. J. Sinuokor 
nnd D. F. Ziglor were appointed to confer with a committee, 
appointed by LInvlIlo Creek congregation, eonccrnlnff a pro- 
posed alight change In tho boundary between tho two congre- 
gations, Bro. Shavi-r gave ua a brief In bolialf of 
Brldgowator College. The buslnesa period was lengthy, but 
everything moved oft' smoothly,— A. C. Oarber. TlmborvlIU^ 
Va,. Jan. 17. 

Seattle diureh mot in council Jan. (1. Our older, Bro. C. 
FItz, presided. Four letters of momberahip were gnuitod and 
one received. Church and Sunday-school ollleers were eloetod. 
Wo decided to get "Kingdom Songs" I'or use In tlu. Sunday- 
school nnd Christian Workers' Mooting,- Alice Dull Rli 
Eighty-third Street, Boattlo, W<ush„ Jan IH 


On Thaiiksfiiviiiy Day our ward (the EiKhlh) licM a 
imioii TliaiiksgivinK service in our cluircli. Rev. Fred El- 
Iciiberger preaclicd llic .sermon. The olTering was given 
to " Tlie Christian Home" of our ward. 

Uiiriiig November Eld. J. H. Cas.sady conducted a scries 
of meetings in our Morrellvillc house, continuing about 
two weeks, which resulted in two being baptized. Our 
members, as well as many others, received much benefit 
from the Bible In.stitute, held in this place, a report of 
which lias already been published in these columns. 

Having previously decided to call a number of breth- 
ren to tlic ministry, we requested Eld. W. M. Howe, of 
the Johnstown church, to assist our elders in taking the 
voice of the church. This was done durini,' the month of 
nccembcr, and in order to give all our members the ad- 
vantage of these meetings, the voice was taken at all four 
of our meetinghouses. We found this plan to give gen- 
eral satisfaction, and it also brought good results. 

A special council was called for Jan. 4, at the Koxbury 
house, to announce the result of the election, and to in- 
stall the newly-elected ministers into ofiicc. Brethren 
William H. Rummel, Calvin Beam, Klmer D. Blue, liad- 
don Rhodes and I''. L. Findk-y were announced as being 
the choice of the church. Brethren Rummel, Blue and 
Rhodes being present, were duly installed. The instal- 
lation of Brethren Beam and Findley will be attended to 
later. At the same meeting wc decided to elect six dea- 
cons in the near future. Bro. C. M. Blough was elected 
church clerk. 

All our Sunday-schools held appropriate Christmas serv- 
ices and gave treats of candy, oranges, etc. These Christ- 
mas programs arc principally carried out by the children 
and the younger people, and great credit is due them for 
the manner in which they acquitted themselves. 

Our Sunday-schools have been reorganized for 1912 as 
follows; Roxbury, superintendent, C. M. Blough, secre- 
tary, William Beam; Morrellvillc, superintendent, C. M. 
Kimmcl, secretary, Luella Strayer; Pleasant Hill, superin- 
tendent, K. L. h'indlcy, secretary. Sister Millie Brchm; 
Viewmont, superintendent, George Peterson, secretary, 
Bessie Meyers; Kaufman's Ridge, superintendent, Wm. H. 
Runimcl, secretary, ■ Rummel. 

We are passing through a very severe spell of winter 
weather, the mercury having registered from twenty to 
forty degrees below zero on Saturday morning. 

Eld. J. H. Cassady has gone to Juniata College, Hunt- 
ingdon, Fa., to assj^st in the Bible Term and a series of 
revival services, Jerome E. Blough. 

R. D. 5, Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 15. 


Our series of meetings, conducted by Ero. S. G. Lehmer, 
of Los Angeles, Cal., came to a close Jan. 2. He preached 
thirteen soul-inspiring sermons. Four came out on the 
Lord's side and were buried with Christ in baptism. 
Others, we feel, are thinking seriously. The meetings 
were well attended and the interest was good. 

Bro. Harvey Snell, of Covina, Cal., our District Sun- 
day-school and Christian Worker Secretary, preached sev- 



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eral interesting and instructive sermons. He also gave us 
a good talk on Sunday-school and Christian Workers' 
Meeting. Bro. Peter Forney, of Glendale, Ariz., was with 
us and preached our Thanksgiving sermon, and several 
other very interesting sermons. Dec. 17 Bro. H. M. Bark- 
doll, of Glendora, Cal., was with us and gave us a good 
sermon on "Witnessing for Jesus." 

We met in council Jan. 6. Our elder, Bro. C. E. Gillett, 
presided. Much business was disposed of pleasantly. We 
elected our church, Sunday-school and Christian Worker 
officers. Bro. C. E. Gillett was chosen elder; Bro. W. F. 
Gillett, clerk; Bro. David Calvert, treasurer; Sister Maggie 
Brown, chorister; Sister Maggie Statler, Messenger agent; 
the writer, church correspondent. Brethren David Calvert 
and O. E. Gillett are our Sunday-school superintendents; 
Sister Addie Brown, president of the Christian Workers' 
Meeting; Sister Zetta Stephens, secretary-treasurer. Ten 
have been received by letter since our last report, and one 
letter was granted. A collection was taken up at the close 
of the meeting for the Berean Bible School, of Los Ange- 
les, CaL We decided to have our love feast Feb. 2, in 
the evening. Minnie E. Gillett. 

Holtville, Cal., Jan. 8. 

Text, John 12: 24. — D. E. Hoovi 

Auburn, Ind., by the writer. 
Box 166, Garrett, Ind. 

Brown, Sister Sallle. died of Brighfs disease and heart 
dropsy at her home in the Linville Creek congregation Rock- 
ingham Co.. Va., Dec. U. 1911. aged 5C years. She is survived 
by her husband, three sons and two daughters. She united 
with the church while young, and iived a consecrated life 
Services by Bretliren Jacob Garber and D. Hays —Catherine 
R. Kline, LinviUe Creek. Va. -^J'^-— ^ainerine 

Bruce, Mrs. Lydla, daughter of Brother and Sister Henry 
■ T^l ' ^^''^ '" Dekalb County, Ind., Jan. H. 1S04. died Jan. 1 
the District Mission Board, and the Brethren Publishine ^^l^ in the bounds of the Cedar Creek congregation. She was 

^ u II ted in marriage to Chas. E. Bruce April ii, ISSO. To this 
union were born three sons and one daughter. One son was 
So ,*'o,n"''^^,'w'"^ infancy, air. Bruce died very suddenly Oct. 
22. 1910. and Mrs. Bruce was sick less than twenty-four hour- 

Bro. W. E. West, of Ankeny, Iowa, came to us Dec. 
10, and for two weeks held forth the words of eternal 
life, with power. The Holy Spirit was manifest in the 
meetings. Three came out on the Lord's side. Two vi'ere 
buried with Christ in baptism, and one awaits the rite. 
We had Bible reading and scriptural verses quoted at 
each evening, which all seemed to enjoy. Sister West 
came Dec. 17 and surprised us all. Her cheerful presence 
brought sunshine and encouragement, which we all ap- 
preciated very much, 

Bro. Snavely, of Naperville, 111., began a Bible school 
Jan. 1, at tile close of our meetings, and continued for 
one week. Not many attended, but those who were 
present reaped a harvest of eternal truths. Some of our 
neighbors remarked that his sessions of two and one-half- 
hours were not long enough. His teaching was plain, 
and intensely spiritual and interesting. He left us with a 
lastng impression of our responsibility to God, and a 
greater hungering and thirsting after righteousness. We 
desire to do more and better work for the Master in the 

After our Thanksgiving sermon a free-will offering of 
$46 was taken,— $25 for Bethany Bible School and $14 for 
World-wide Missions. Later a collection of $9 was taken 
for the South St. Joseph (Missouri) Mission, to assist 
in providing a Christmas dinner for the poor. 

Our elder, Bro. W. I. Buckingham, is now conducting 
an inte.-esting series of meetings at Beaver, Iowa. 
R. D, 2, Monroe, Iowa, Jan. 9. Jennie Alexander. 

Surely, we can say that the people have been very kind 
to us and now, to one and all, we send the following reso- 

Be it resolved, That we tender our sincere thanks to our 
friends, wherever they may be, for their financial assist- 
ance and their kind words of encouragement when we 
were building our church home, and be it further 

Resolved, That we extend to the General Mission Board, 

House, a vote of thanks for assistance given, and be it 

Resolved, That we extend to our Brethren and friends, 
when in Denver, a cordial invitation to worship with us in 
the churchhousc they assisted in building. It will be a 
pleasure to meet them. 

Further, That a copy of these Resolutions be forwarded 
to the Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, 111., for publica- 
tion, and that a copy be placed on the records of the 

Financial Statement. 
Building and Finance Committee, Church of the Breth- 
ren, Denver, Colo., Dec. 21, 1911. reports as follows: 

March 29. 1907, Cash in banlc j 687.05 

Collected by solicitors 4.483.90 

Pledges paid, 

Interest paid on pledges 

Collected by mail, etc 

Certificate of deposit 

Interest on certificate of deposit, , . 


June 27. 1911, Mrs. Rebecca Behrman, Ciierrelya 


December 8, 1911, J. B. Deardorff, Brumbaugh, n"d' 
December 17. 1911, St. Vrain congregation. Colo., by 
H. C. L. 







Services by the writer. Text. James 4: 14.— D. E. Hoover, Box 
106, Garrett, Ind. 

carder, Bro. Arthur, son ot Tliomas and Martha Carder, born 
Apri 6, :S31, near Ivallda, Ohio, died Jan. 4. 1912, at the homo 
of his daughter near the place of his birth. His entire life 
wasspent m Putnam County. In 1867 he was married to Mar- 
garet Wallen, who died in December, 1901. This union was 
blessed with Ave children, two of whom survive him. About 
for y years ago Bro Carder and wife united with the Church 
of the Brethren, and lived ^ consistent Christian life until 
death Services by the writer at the United Brethren house at 
Cascade, Ohio. Interment in the adjoining cemetery— L H 
Prowant, Box 7, Brlceton, Ohio. 

Cauel, Clarence B., youngest son of Sister Hannah Cassel 
born April 2. 1S92, died In the bounds of the Mingo cimrob 
1911, of typhoid fever, aged 19 years, 8 months 
His widowed motiier, one brother and one sister 
by Eld. Jesse Zlegler and Bro. E. p. Nedrow 
" Interment at the Sidppack cemetery. — 
Royersford, Pa. 

Total amount received, 



Furniture and fixtures '. . . . . 

Collector's salary and expenses,....'."" 

Stationery and postage, 

Incidentals " ' * 

Certificate of deposit, ......,..,.'..','., 

Money loaned 

Amount paid out. 
Balance on hand. 



. 1.177.71 

. 159.07 

. SS, 994.63 

March 2, 1907. Purchased two lots ? ElO.OO 

Actual expenses to date 7,969.63 

Total $8,479.63 


We have unpaid pledges to the amount of $421.50. 
signers have been notified a niiinber of times. 

H. F. Caylor, 
Secretary-Treasurer Building and Finance Committee. 
165 South Clarkson Street. 


The members of the Troy Mission met in business ses- 
sion on Wednesday evening, Dec. 20, with our elder. 
Sylvan Bookwalter, presiding. There was a good attend- 
ance. Plans were perfected to have Eld. S. Z. Smith, of 
Sidney, Ohio, assist us in a series of meetings, to begin 
about Feb. 1. During the past year there have been two ac- 
cessions by baptism, one of which has proved to be one 
of our best workers. 

The Sunday-school was reorganized by electing the 
writer as superintendent, Sister Naomi Petry, secretary, 
Bro. Chas. Robbins, treasurer, and Sister Mina Bosser- 
man, chorister. In the Christian Workers' Meeting Sis- 
ter Oran S. Yount was reijlected president. Both the 
Sunday-school and Christian Workers' Meeting are stead- 
ily growing both in interest and attendance." 

On Sunday evening before Christmas tjie Sunday- 
school rendered a very nice program, presided over by 
Sister Bosserman, after which a treat was given the 
school. Our attendance, at this time, is 52, 

On last Sunday, Jan. 7, Eld. Jacob Coppock, of Tippe- 
canoe City, Ohio, delivered an installation address to the 
incoming Sunday-school and Christian Workers' officers, 
which was very impressive and, we think, will result in a 
greater effort for more and better work for Jesus this 
new year. 

The members of the Troy Mission have much to be 
thankful for, and they appreciate the help extended to 
them from other churches. Oran S. Yount 

Troy, Ohio, Jan. 8. 


" Wiiat therefore God hath joined together, let not 

man put asunder " 

Marriage n 

IS sboold 1)6 accompanied by 50 cents 

Bnrkliolder-Mlller.—By the undersigned, Dec. 31, 1911 Bro 
J li. Burkholder and Sister Winnifred Miller, both of Ellison 
.N. Dali— J. H, Brubaker, Ellison, N. Dak. 
« =<'^»»»-Smltli.— By the undersigned, at his residence, Jan. 
;; S ;.?™' ^"'''' ^- Holman. of Collegevllle, and Miss Mabel 
li. bmltli, of Pottstown, both of Montgomery County. Pa — 
h.. F. Nedrow. 737 George St., Norrlstown Pa 

Joha.on-01.eii,— At the home of Bro. S. F. Brewer, Deo. 24. 
,fl „^!'°' "'■?;"'' ^- ■'ol'nson and Sister Olga Olsen, both of 
IdahS '' ° '°"- ""''»■— JMhle S. Brown, Meridian. 

la?','^'""!'",*^,'"',*""-^'^' '*"> '""»"> "' '"e undersigned, Dec. 24, 
1911, Daniel Vf. Lambert and Grace B. Smucker, both of Jenner 

J.'S !!• ^'"""'"t- Co.. Pa.— B. B. Ludwlck, Somerset, Pa. 

MttMeld-Sadler.— A t the home of Brother and Sister Sadler, 
ttna, Minn., Dec. 20. 1911, by the writer, Mr. Webber Little- 

i.-^riJ^'"""" ">■'""» Sadler.-J. P. Souders, Preston, Minn.»r«.-At the home of Bro. p. A. Shearer, iuburn, 
III. [date not given by writer], Bro. Samuel J. Sncll, of Tlppc- 
J!.'!'",-? .K: O^'o.,,"!"! Sister Agnes E. Shearer.— J. M. Master- 
son, Chatham, 111. 


'■Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord 


and 24 days, 
survive. Servici 
Text, Luke 7;. 12, 
Elizabeth B. Hunsberger, H. D. 

eUno, Sister Mary C, died Dec'. 23,'l9lir'near'stuarts Draft 
Va., in the bounds of the Mt. Vernon church. She had been 
a sutterer from heart trouble, which Is supposed to have 
caused her death. Her daughter, sister S. Q. Plory with 
whom she lived at the old home, found her peacefully sleeping 
in Jesus, when attempting to arouse her, to come to breakfast 

this 1 re about eighteen years ago. She is survived by a broth- 
er. Eld. George -Wine, of Sangersvllle, Va., a sister in Okla- 
homa, a son m California, Bro. J. W. Cllne, and two daugh- 
ters. Had she lived until Dec. 28, she would have been sev- 
enty-five years of age. Sister Cllne did much good in the 
church and community In which she lived and will be greatly 
missed. Services in the Mt. Vernon church by Bro W Is 
ITI' °,i "",!?" ^'^'^ee. Md. Interment in the cemetery near 
Waynesboro vl "'"""'"'' ""* '"^ '=>"ldren.-Iota Cox, 

OoUaday, Sister Mary K., wife of Bro, Ephraim Golladav 
died Dec. 28, 1911. aged 68 years and 6 months I!" leaves hi; 
husband, one son and four daughters. She was a consistent 
member of the church and will be missed in the home and In 

R w M »'-r> f7'S" "^ ^^"^ °'"'*''" """«•■ »'"> "10 writer.- 
B. w. NerE, Quicksburg, Va. 

OrUBtb, sister Eliza, wife ot Bro. Thompson Grifflth, died 

on Christmas morning, 1911, in the bounds of the Ji^niata 

f„v^ If""- ,?""■" '^°" ^''- ■"=«" =' >"«"■=■ l» "'onths and 4 
days. She sullered much during her illness, but bore It with 
patience. She leaves her husband and ten children. ■ Services 
-by the writer, assisted by Brethren J. B. Brumbaugh and 
Jacob Kinsel.— J. W. Wilt, Juniata, Pa 

Orlpe, Sister Maude Olive, wife of Bro. J. H. Gripe died in 
he bounds Of the Mound Valley congregation, Okla. Jan " 
1912. aged 21 years, 9 months and 25 days. She was sick only 
three days, and died ot aopcndleltls. She united with tl e 
Church of the Brethren when she was cuite young and re 
mained taithtui until death. She Is survived briiSr husband 
and three children. Services by the writer. Te.xt Jer 15 9- 
J. Appleman, Thomas, Okla. 

J-otaBon, Mrs. Jennie, wife of Steven Johnson, died in tlie 
bounds ot the Chippewa Creek church, Mich., Jan 5 lOfJ 
aged 39 years. She leaves her husband and ten children.' Serv- 
Jl'ch ""'""" ^"'""' ^^""^ *■ ^^■~~^- ^- '^"derick, Hodney, 

Jordan, Bro. John, born in Prankiin County Pa Anri)*^*? 
1831, died at Ills home, in the bounds ot the FruiS^UfonLt 
gallon, A a., Jan. 11, 1912, aged SO years, 8 months and 10 
days. July 20, 1851, he was married to Barbai-a Zook To 
this union were born three sons and two daughters, sister 
Jordan preceded her husband to the spirit world ten years ago 
Bro. Jordan united with the M. E. church early in life In 
lilt he united with the Church ot the Brethren. Soon after- 
ward he was called to the ofllce of deacon. One yea^ later he 
was called to the ministry, and was faithful until death Serv- 
ices by the writer, assisted by Eld. J. E. Weaver in the Fruit- 
dale church. The deceased was taken to Nebraska for burial 
—J. L. Guthrie, Box 83, Prultdale, Ala. 

, ^o"». Bertha K., daughter of Bro. Charles and Mary Keith 
born n Shelby County, Ohio, Jan. 5. 1892, died at the hoi^e of 
her sister, in Manistee, Mich., Dec. 27, 1911, aged 19 years u 
months and 22 days. Her death came very "suddenly fi'om 
Bright s disease, which was a great shock to the community 
She was loved and respected by all who knew her. Services 
ijy the writer, assisted by the home brethren. Text John 11 
28.— Geo. E. Deardorff, Brethren. Mich. . 

clfv''oH°'i' f'^.'^'.^^'l"''' "" ■Tol'nson, died at her home in 
?.J r S, J ' 'i" ,'?° """""^ °' ""= '-'•=■' °"o't congregation, 
Jan. 6, 1912, aged 27 years and 26 days. She united with the 
Church of the Brethren Nov 25, 1906. She was an active and 
faithful member. She was united in marriage to Charles Kirk- 
wood, to which union were born two sons. Her husband two 
and three brothers survive. Services by 
'. Goshorn, Clay City, 

Text, 1 Cor. 15: 22. — B 

Text, Matt. 19: 14. 
■Estella Weaver Wine, Wlch- 


At the regular council meeting of the Church of the 
Brethren in Denver, on the evening of Dec. 21, 1911 the 
Building and Finance Committee made their final report 
and said report having been approved, they requested their 
dismissal. This request was complied with, and a vote of 
thanks was tendered them for the energy and interest they 
manifested in the work. The matter of donations, made 
by our many friends, was referred to with due apprecia- 
tion. Their kindly efforts, the self-denial, and the kind 
words of encouragement, given by those loving ones in 
the East and the West, the North and the South were 
thought of and appreciated. 

bof:f n,:e'^'l?'"'fi,',"'°,';'/°" "^ '"™'' ^'""" "»<> ^"O" Allen, 
boin Dec. 19, 1911, died Jan. 2, 1912, near Wichita, 
Services at the home by Bro. J. R. Wi: 
Interment in Andover cemetery, 
ita, Kans. 

ijm«teoilar, Mrs. Evangel, died of heart failure. In the bounds 
too Des Moines Valley congregation, Iowa, Jan. 11 1912 
aged 66 years. She was a member of the Methodist church for 
eighteen years. She leaves two sons and two daughters. Serv- 
ices by Bro. S. M. Goughnour. Text. 1 Sam. 20: 3.— Lydla Bell 
Ankeny, lowiL ^yuni ceii, 

Boneaiot.- Bro. Jas. Oelllg. oldest son of Jas. and Sarah 
Benedict, born in Prankiin County, Pa., Nov 24, 1S51 died in 
Waynesboro, Pa., of cancer of the stomach, Dec. 10, 1911 aged 
50 years and 16 days. He united with the ehirch about 
eighteen years ago, and was Industrious and led a quiet Chris- 
tian life. Ho was anointed on the day before his death He 
is survived by his widow and six children, three sons and 
threo daughters; also his aged mother, two brothers and six 
Slaters. Services In the Brethren church, Waynesboro by the 
writer, assisted by Eld. C. R. Oelllg. Text, Psa. 49: 16 Inter- 
ment in Green Hill cemetery.— F. D. Anthony, Waynesboro, 

Benward, Sister Sarali, born Dec. 23, 1845, died Jan. 8 1912 

rail., n '"'""■'."",'' " ""'^'- ^"o "«= """«■> '" marriage to 
Ol ver Benward Jan. 1. 1861. To this union were born five 
children. Three preceded her in death. She united with the 

SuJrii ? ,!?°, ''.■'^"""ow" """^ '^""" ""arriage and remained 
faithful until death. She was a constant sufferer from rheu- 
matism for more than five years. Services in their home at 

sons, three : 
the wrl 

Koaor, Bro. Peter, died at his home in the West Greentree 
congregation. Pa., Dec. 27, 1911. He was sick about two 
weeks. He is survived by his wife and seven children He 
was a faithful member of the Church of the Brethren for 
many years. Services at Greentree by the home ministers and 
Bro. Daniel Wolgemuth, a minister ot the River Brethren 
church. Interment in the cemetery near by.— S. R. McDannel 
Ellzabethtown, Pa 

llngMMtoi', Sister , died at her home in Aitoona Pa. 

[date not given by writer), aged about 69 years. She was a 
member of the Juniata Park church, Blair Co., Pa. She leaves 
her husband and children, all of whom are married Servlce=i 
by the writer. — J. W. Wilt, Juniata, Pa. 

lo"','?.';"'' ^i?'*f ^""t'^ •""= Alexander Campbell, born Sept. 
19. 1861, in Kentucky, died in Los Angeles, Cal., Dec 29 1911 
of heart failure, aged 50 years, 3 months and 10 days.' She 
was married to George Percy Mahood, May S, 1906 at Mobile 
Ala. Lately they have been living in this city. Nov 4 191]' 
both united with the church. A Bible class had been taught In 
their home, and both seemed anxious to learn more about the 
Bible. Services by Eld. H. H. Ritter. Text, 1 These 
Interment in tile Evergreen cemetery. — ^Bva 
North Broadway. Los Angeles, Cal. 

Martliidal., Ruth Elizabetli. daughter ot Albert and Eliza- 
beth Martindale, died of organic dropsy, subsequent to a se- 
vere attack of inflammatory rheumatism, Jan. 5 191" a-ed 
11 years and 6 months. She was a member ot the church-at 
Enders, and although unable to lie down for sixty-six days 
not a word of complaint escaped her lips. She was a marvel 
of patience and Ciiristian courage. Conscious that life was 
slowly wearing away, she talked of the rest soon to be hers 
forever. Services Jan. 6. by the writer.- David G Wine En- 
ders. Nebr. 

Miner, Sister Barbara Catharine, nee Wenger, born April 5, 

Frantz, 3101 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 27. 1912 

8, died Jan. 11, 1912, at the home of her daughter-in-law, 

vllle, Greenmount congregation, Rockingliam Co., Va., of 

the infirmities of old age, aged 73 years, 9 months and 6 davs. 
I She liad been very frail for several years. She leaves three sis- 
ters. Sister Miller was married twice. Her first husband, 
i Jacob Miller, died in 186S. To this union one son was born. 
Her second husband. Bro. Michael Miller, preceded her ten 
years ago. She was a consistent member of the Church of the 
I Brethren for many years. Services and interment at the Lin- 
dale Mennonite church by Bro. George B. Plory, assisted by 
Bro. Jolin H. Kline. Text, 2 Cor. 5: G.— Katie Inline, Broad- 
vay, Va. 

Mlsiler, Sister Mary M. Mishler. wife of Bro. William W. 

Mishler, near Nappanee. Ind., died Dec. 31, 1911, aged 55 years 

I and 1 month. She was united in marriage to Bro. Mishler Jan. 

.. _ . ra. To them were born four sons and one daughter. 

Three sons and the daughter preceded her in death. Her hus- 

I band and one son survive. She united with the Church of tlie 

\ Brethren when she wag elgliteen years old, and lived a coii- 

I sistent life until death. Services were held at the Nappanee 

church. Interment in the Union Center cemetery. — David 

I Metzler, Nappanee, Ind. 

Harris, Bro. Carl W., son of J. W. and Huldah A. Norris 
' born in Kosciuslco County, Ind.. May 21. 1896, died at his home 
In Marion, Ind., Dec. 23, 1911, aged 15 years, 7 months and 3 
days. May 6. 1906, Bro. Carl became a member of the Church 
of the Brethren, and lived a Christian life until death. For 
two years he had been afflicted with leakage of the heart and 
bore his affliction patiently. He leaves his parents, three 
sisters and two brothers. Services and interment at Un- 
Spring-Creek church by Bro. Otho Winger. Text, Heb 13 
14. — Nora Ross, Sidney, Ind. 

Barney, Mr. Thomas, born in Virginia. Dec. 26, 1827. died 
in Union County, Ind., Jan. S, 1912, aged 87 years and is'days. 
; wife and three sons preceded him several years. One Son 
and two daughters survive. He was a member of the Baptist 
church for nine years. Services at the Cottage Grove church 
by Eld. Carey Toney, assisted by Eld. C. C. Petry, Interment 
the adjoining cemetery. — Ethel Fitsimons. College Corner 

Beffner, Bro. Roy Homer, son of Bro. Michael and Catharine 
Reffner, died at the home of his parents, in the bounds of the 
Albright congregation, Blair Co.. Pa., Jan. 0, 1912, of a compli- 
lation of diseases, aged 18 years, 11 months and 7 days. Roy 
vas a kind and dutiful son. For about four years he worked 
with his father in the V. M. Bare Paper Mill, at Roaring 
Spring, Pa-, until a very short time before his death. He was 
sick in bed only one week. He was a regular attendant at 
Sunday-school and took an active part in Sunday-school work. 
He leaves his parents, three brothers and seven sisters. One 
sister preceded him. Services by Eld. F. C. Dively, of Clays- 
burg, Pd., and James D. Brumbaugh, of Martlnaburg, Pa. Text, 
Isa. 38: 1. Interment in the cemetery near by. — Annie L. Dive- 
ly, Claysburg, Pa, 

Bidenour, Mrs. Kesiah, died east of Smithsburg, Md., Dec. 
23. 1911. in her 79th year. Her maiden name was Stottlemyer, 
She is survived by two sons and four daughters, all married. 
Services were held on the day after Christmas, in the Mount 
Pleasant U. B. churchhouse, nearby, by the writer, where we 
I held the services for the husband of the deceased, Jacob 
Ridenour, about thirteen years ago. These people have been 
much in sympathy with our church and doctrine, but seem to 
be too far removed to attend our stated appointments. They 
ought to bo gathered in. May the Lord open the way! Our 
text was John 19: 27, "Behold thy mother." — D. B. Mentzer, 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

SeUora, Sister Sarah Virginia, daughter of Reuben Sellers, 
died Dec. 20, 1911, aged 62 years, 5 months and 5 days. She 
united with the Church of the Brethren in her youth. Serv- 
ices by Bro. J. S. Roller in the Bethlehem church. Interment 
In the family burying ground. — Catherine R. Kline, Linville 
Creek, Va, 

SiderB, Sister Annie, died of old age Nov. 28, 1911, In tlie 
bounds of the Lost Creek congregation. Pa., aged 88 years, II 
months and 30 days. She selected her own text, Psa, 31: 10. 
Services by the writer, assisted by Bro. P. G. Shelley. Inter- 
ment in the Richfield cemetery. Tlie deceased is not survived 
, by any immediate relatives. — Wm. B. Zimmerman, Bunker- 
town, Pa. 

Smith, Sister Louvary, nee Calhoun, daughter of Brother 
and Sister Calhoun, of Boyer, W. Va., died of tuberculosis, at 
the home of her parents, Jan. 4. 1912, aged 34 years and 6 days. 
She was united in marriage to Edgar M. Smith. To this union 
were born four children. Two preceded her to the spirit 
world in infancy. She leaves her husband (at Bartow, W. Va.). 
and two little children. During her Illness she called for the 
anointing, which was administered, followed by a love feast. 
She was a kind, sympathetic friend and sister, wife and moth- 
er. She died in the triumph of a living faith. Services by the 
writer. Text, Psa. 116: 15.~John W. Hevener, Hosterman, 
W. Va. 

Stanley, Galen, son of Bro. M. L. and Sister Lily Treadwell. 
born April 25, 19H, died Dec. 14, 1911, aged 7 months and 11 
days. Besides his parents he leaves two brothers. Services by 
Bro. A. D. Sollenberger, of Beatrice. — Caroline Brown, Lincoln, 

^^^arart, Mrs. Fannie, widow of the late Joseph Sweigart. 
of Tiffin, Ohio, died at the residence of her nephew, Mr. C. O. 
Bloom, of Union Mills. Md., Jan. 4, 1912, aged 78 years. She is 
survived by two sisters and one brother. During the past five 
years she has been confined to her home on account of rheu- 
matism, and all this time the Gospel Messenger was lier most 
loved and eagerly read newspaper. The many visits by the 
ministering brethren, and others, of the Meadow Branch con- 
gregation, were always warmly welcomed. She had decided to 
unite with the Brethren, as soon as physically able to do so. 
Providence, however, ordered otherwise, and with Christian 
resignation she accepted the will of the Lord. Services by 
Brethren S. C. Hoover and L. E- Bennett. Interment in the 
w estnunster City cemetery.— W. E. Roop, Westminster, Md. 
WeUei, Bro. Henry, born in Stark Co., Ohio. Dec. 26, 1827, 
ciit-d Dec. 11. 1911, aged 83 years, 11 months and 15 days, He 
moved with his parents to Hancock County when he was but 
a small boy. Nov. 16, 1849, he was married to Martha Kendall, 
who a few years later was called home, leaving three children. 
June 5, 1864, he was married to Adaline Coppley. November, 
is'o, he and his family moved to Putnam County, Ohio. In 
18S3 his second wife died, leaving six children. June 26, 1884, 
he married Augusta Sohlke. To this union were born two chil- 
dr^-n. Bro. Weller leaves a wife and eleven children. Services 
by Bro. John Flory, of Jewell. Ohio.— D. P. Weller, Continental. 

■WlBler, Sister Louisa, wife of Bro. Cornelius H. Wfsler (de- 
ceased), born in Elkhart County, Ind.. Oct. 24, 185.6, died at her 
home in Nappanee, Ind., Dec. 25, 1911. aged 55 years, 2 months 
ana i day. She was first stricken with paralysis Oct. 14, 1911. 
and again OcL 23. since which time she gradually grew weaker, 
at '".iT^^ ^ daughter of Adam B. and Catherine Miller. In 1873, 
at the age of seventeen, she united with the Church of the 
^fetiiren, m which she remained faithful. April 3. 1881, she 
was united In marriage to Cornelius H. Wlsler, who preceded 
IV' '"^ death Jan. 17, 1900. To this union w,.-re born two 
- ughters. who survive. She also leaves two sisters, two 
o oiners. four half-sisters and four half-brothers. Services by 
tn^iome ministers.— B. J. Miller, Nappanee. Ind. 
Wn H ^"^' ^*"*^ ^- '^'luehter of John and Sister Ruth F. 
Der oi^ lii^^''" '" ^'^" Buren County. Iowa, Dec. 30. 1877. died 
, oV ' ^^ ^^^ home of her parents at Ericeton, Ohio, 

gta ii years and 1 day. She leaves her parents, one brother 
na one sister. Lillie was an invalid during her entire life. 
mi.H ?^"*=h at times, but always patient and without raur- 

Pavr.'^^'r^^, "'"^^^ ^^ *^* writer at the home. Interment near 
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Editorial, — 

Illustrations Wanted : ^^ 

Over-organized ^^ 

What of the Times (H. B. B.>? f^ 

Staving by His Flock °» 

Need of Doctrinal Teaching °° 

Plaiting the Hair. °° 

The Country Churches ^° 

Origin of the Devil, °» 

A Praver for Peace °° 

A Demand for the Messenger 6| 

An Unintentional Deviation, °° 

Essaye, — 

\ Bible School for India. By J. M. Blough 50 

Representation on the General Committee. By Jno. 

Why W6"Belleve 'inClirls'tianity. " By jas. H. Morris, 50 
The South a Great Mission Field for the Brethren. By 

The City' Church Probiem. "By b'lin F. Shaw 51 

The Burning of Old Sandstone. By J. E. Miller j2 

Pleasure. By I. W. Taylor ■■■• o3 

Afterthoughts on Christmas. By Chas. M. Yearout. . . &J 

The XEOOJid Table, — 

Our Finances. — Dr. S. B. Miller. The Ministerial List 
for 1912. — Edgar M. Hoffer. What He Has Done Others 
Can Do. — C. D. Fager. A Shadow on Our National Cap- 
itol.— Jacob H. Hollinger, 54 

Home and Family, — 

An Angel Messenger. — Onia ICarn. 55 


Eel Biver. — Jan. 14 Bro. G. A. Snider, who conducted our 
series uf meetings at the Brick house in December, preached 
lor us in the morning. Bro. J. H. Wright preached lor us in 
the evening. We appreciated the visits of these brethren 
among us. At the close of the morning service a collection 
of $6.15 was taken and sent to Eld. Joa. M. Neff, of Springlield, 
Cal. — Lizzie Wolfe, Claypool. Ind.. Jan. IS. 

VaUoy Bethel. — Our church met In council Jan. 6. Our Sun- 
day-achool was reorganized for another year, with Brethren 
C B. Gibbs and N. W. Bussard as superintendents. We aiso 
had an interesiing sermon on Christmas Day by Bro. C. B. 
Gibbs. Our singing class, during the Holidays, was conducted 
by Bro. A. H. Miller. Our next regular council will be March 
1. — Vena S. Bussard, Bolar, Va., Jan. 17. 

Fresno.— Jan. & wife and I. with two children, landed here 
ill Fresno, to lake charge of the work In the mission fleld. TIk' 
outlook is very promising and the Held large. The work has 
been well started. We find a wide-awake Sunday-school, with 
an average attendance of about forty, with Bro. J. W. Mishler 
as superintendent. We held our dedicatory services Jan. 14, 
at 11 A. M., the writer preaching the sermon. At 2: 30 P. M. 
a special Sunday-school meeting, with Bro. S. G. Hollinger, 
our District Secretary, presiding. These services were well 
attended by brethren from adjoining congregations and the 
citizens of Fresno. We ask the prayers of the Brotherhood for 
the work here in this city.- A. D. Bowman, 627 Fresno Ave- 
nue, Fresno, Cal,, Jan. 15. 

Wert Oreentree.— We began a series of meetings at Green- 
tree Dec. 30. and closed Jan. 15. The meetings throughout were 
well attended and good interest was manifested in the Word, 
as delivered by Eld. Jacob Longeaecker. who labored faith- 
fully while with us. One young soul came out on the Lord s 
side and one was reclaimed. — S. R. McDannel, Ellzabethtown, 

tors at McPliersoii College, occupied one hour each day 
with lessens from 2 Tim. 3: 16, 17 and 1 Cor. chapters 12 
to 14. He proved himself thoroughly competent to inter- 
est and instruct in the great truths of the scriptures under 
consideration. Wc learned, through contact with his reg- 
ular scholars, that he has greatly endeared himself to 

Dr. J. A. Clement, President of the College, gave a 
masterful lecture on "Some Characteristics of the Suc- 
cessful Teacher." Himself signally successful as a teach- 
er, his words carried weight and provoked thought, and 
will doubtless bear fruit in the lives, especially of the 
young people who were privileged to hear him. 

Of tlie many good things, not the least valuable were 
'the lessons in Bible and hymn reading, given by Sister 
B. S. Haugh, teacher of Expression in the College. No one 
could attend these classes and fail to be impressed with 
the fact that expression is one of the important things 
for preachers to study. After being under her instruction 
for one hour, each day, for a week, I feel we will ail 
spend more time studying our hymns and Bible, till we 
have a clear vision of the setting, before attempting to 
read in public. 

It seems almost incredible that, with the offer of so 
many good things to about 150 preachers, only about half 
a do^en responded. The rest of the company, of about 
forty, from Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas, outside Mc- 
Pherson, were laymembers. If congregations knew how 
they were robbing themselves by failing to send their 
ministers to such gatherings, more ministers in limited 
circumstances would be +here. And if ministers, financially 
able, could by some means be made to feel their need, 
they would not miss these opportunities. 

To come in touch with the splendid body of men and 
women composing the Faculty of McPherson College, to 
enjoy the hospitality of their homes and get even a lim- 
ited vision of their ideals and ambitions, is to come away 
sympathizing with them in their handicaps and difficulties, 
and praying that their hands may be strengthened in a 
material way, so that there may continue, in the Great 
Southwest, an institution in which our sons and daughters 
may be trained for usefulness in the world and in the 
church! J- Edwin Jones. 

Larned, Kans., Jan. 17. 

Pa., J a 

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Denver Mission,— Jan. 13 wife and I left Nampa, Idaho, for 
Denver Colo. On account of the heavy snowfall in Idaho and 
Wyoming, our train was delayed ten and one-half hours, but 
we arrived in time to attend meeUngs over Sunday at the Mis- 
sion. While our sons were not yet expecting us. still our 
coming was a glad surprise. We are now In the midst of a 
series of meetings, conducted by Bro. John A. Robinson. The 
spirit of the meetings is good, and the attendance ia on the 
increase. One young man was baptized on Monday, after 
eight o'clock in the evening. Several more are near the king- 
dom We expect to remain here a while, with our sons, and 
in the meantime wlil be ready to engage In evangelistic and 
mission work, and may be addressed as below.— T. A. Robin- 
son, 1109 South Washington Avenue, Denver, Colo., Jan. 17. 

Marion,— The writer has just closed a series of meetings 
at the Mission in Marion. Ind. We found the members very 
spiritual. Seven came out on the Lord's side. This good work 
was started with four or five members, one year ago, and now 
has reached eighty in number. The members have lately 
been organized into a congregation, with Bro. J. W. Norris as 
pastor and elder. We feel sure that this year's work will com- 
pare favorably with last year's work, under the care of the 
pastor. — Chas. R. Oberlin. Logansport, Ind., Jan. 20. 

Wenatchee.— Our series of meetings, conducted by Brethren 
S Schechter and J. E. Smith, closed very abruptly Jan. 15, 
owing to several cases of smallpox In the vicinity. There were 
no accessions, but we trust the efforts put forth will result 
in the enhancement of the cause of Christ.— Alice M. Peters, 
R. D. 2, Wenatchee, Wash., Jan. 17. 


As one who participated in the good things at the Mc- 
Pherson College Bible Institute, Jan. 1 to 8, inclusive, 1 
am constrained to write some things for the information 
of those who could not come, and for those others, if 
such there be, who thought it not worth while to come. 
The only cold thing about it was the weather. Certainly, 
the warm welcome, the comfortable firesides, the hospit- 
able and inviting boards, together with the cheerful, patient 
bearing of the teachers, all united to minimize the discom- 
forts of below zero weather, and make us all glad we were 
there. If there was one there who failed to get this im- 
pression of McPherson church and College, I failed to dis- 
cover him. 

Bro. P. B. Fitzwater's lectures and classes, occupying 
three hours daily during most of the week, upon the book 
of Daniel, the book of Matthew, the Biblical Conception of 
the Kingdom, and Why Four Gospels? were very interest- 
ing, and stimulated thought and research for many days 
to come. He also preached four sermons, "Two-mile Re- 
ligion," "The Holy Spirit," "The Christian— His Creed 
and Conduct,— What He Believes and How He Lives," 
and "The Resurrection of the Body." All these were in- 
structive. Biblical, spiritual. 

Bro. E. M, Studebaker, who is one of the Bible instruc- 


To make the year 1911 the banner year in Sunday-school 
work, our superintendent asked for a Sunday-school cabi- 
net, with whom to confer on all phases of Sunday-school 
advancement. Our elder, Bro. C. Fahrney, is in sympathy' 
with the work, and gives it his hearty cooperation, and this 
gives added enthusiasm to all. 

We now have nine classes, a total enrollment of 103, and 
an average attendance of seventy-five. We have a splen- 
did corps of teachers, with a most enthusiastic teacher- 
t.^aining class. We have a good cradle roll department. 
The home department is organized and ready for work. 
We have one organized class, and others are contemplat- 
ing organizing, so that we will soon be a " front line " 
Sunday-school of Idaho. Our greatest need is graded 
work in the primary classes, and we are anxiously await- 
ing the action of the Sunday-school Board. 

Jan. 7, the first Sunday in the new year, was held a 
very interesting installation service, conducted by Bro. S. 
S. Neher. The service was very impressive, and all were 
made to realize the great importance of the work before 
them. May God bless our Brotherhood to make this a 
banner year for the Sunday-school! Mary Garber. 

422 Sixth Avenue, East, Twin Falls, Idaho, Jan. 10. 


In the spring of 1911 a part of the New Enterprise con- 
gregation felt the necessity of opening a Sunday-school 
at this point, to the extent that a school was organized 
and opened the first Sunday in April, The school grew, 
and at the present time has been reorganized for the 
coming year. There are now just about fourscore en- 
rolled. It is our earnest desire that this school may grow 
and that this may be a place where the Lord loves to 
dwell. As a result of the labors of Bro. M. J. Brougher 
with us, in a series of meetings, five were received into 
the church by baptism. We feel encouraged and strength- 
ened. As Christmas drew near, we began to feel the im- 
portance of celebrating the birth of the Dearest Friend 
the world has ever known, — Jesus Christ the Son of God. 
On account of neighboring schools, etc., the services 
were appointed for Sunday evening, Dec. 31. The exer- 
cises were most interesting and will not soon be forgot- 
ten. We earnestly desire the sympathy and prayers of 
God's people, that much good may be done here and else- 
where! C. R. Holsinger. 

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Elgin, 111., February 3, 1912. 

No. 5. 


A Japanese Conference. 
The vice-minister of tlic educational work in Japan, fully 
coiivincetl that national morality can not advance without 
cooperation of religion with education, is making prepara- 
tion for a great gathering of the representatives of the va- 
rious religious beliefs of the land. Hitherto education in 
Japan lias been strictly secular, without any reference 
whatever to principles of religion, or to teachings that in- 
spire sublime and righteous thoughts. 'Hie proposed gath- 
ering would seem to afford an excellent opportunity for 
the Christian world, to urge the adoption of the exalted 
teachings of the Bible as a mighty agency in promotion 
of the moral and religious development of the people of 
Japan. Such an opportunity is seldom afforded. 

Is "Christian Science" to Fail? 
It was predicted by many that, upon the death of the 
founder of the cult, Mrs. Eddy, the society would gradually 
disintegrat,e. This, according to the New York "Inde- 
pendent," is already taking place, not so much because of 
the loss of Mrs. Eddy's strong persoiial sway, but because 
of the arbitrary and autocratic rule of the Boston parent so- 
ciety. Already several societies, in various parts of the 
country, have seceded, and made important change^ in 
their manner of worship. Dissensions within their own 
ranks are now doing perhaps more to break up tlie organ- 
ization from within, than was ever possible by outside 
antagonism. Moi^t effectively are we shown the truthful- 
ness of the scriptural statement that "a house divided 
against itself shall not stand." 

The Famine in China. 

Last week we briefly referred to the distressing condi- 
tions in Manchuria. The last few days have brought addi- 
tional information that reveals conditions even worse than 
first anticipated, affecting various portions of China. 
Trustworthy missionary workers have cabled the follow- 
ing: "Two million five hundred thousand famine sufferers. 
Relief urgently needed. Must rely upon America owing 
to revolution here. Committee appeals to America for at 
least a million." Additional emphasis is given to the above 
by President Taft's official proclamation, in which he ap- 
peals to the American nation to come to the rescue of the 
unfortunate sufferers. Plans for the systematic and ef- 
ficient distribution of the relief funds, under the personal 
supervision of American mission workers, have already 
been perfected, and donors may rest assured that every 
dollar of the funds will be applied in the best possible 


The Bible in the Tibetan Language. 

While Tibet, long known as the " forbidden country," 
is gradually being opened to gospel influences, the mis- 
sionary Interests are wide-awake to the urgent necessity 
of translating the Bible into the language of that country. 
It is interesting to note, in connection with this proposed 
translation, that Joseph Tsertan, a Tibetan from the lofty 
Himalayan mission station of Leh, will be obliged to 
make a long and wearisome trip to Germany, to assist A, 
H. Francke, a former Moravian missionary, in the im- 
portant work. Mr. Tsertan is already on the way, being, 
perhaps, the first native Tibetan to set foot upon Euro- 
pean soil. Nothing could have induced the aged scholar 
to make so long a journey, were it not that the Bible is 
dear to him and that he longs to see it in the hands of his 
fellow-countrymen. To him, — as it sliould be to all of us, 
— the Blessed Word is " the power of God unjo salva- 

Masonic Pretensions. 

Many of the claims, urged by Masons as to the vaunted 
antiquity of their order, as well as to being a Christian or- 
ganization, fail to stand the test of strict scrutiny. One 
of our readers sends us a copy of the " Masonic Home 
Journal," calling our special attention to one of the articles, 
ill which it is alleged that an ancient Latin manuscript, in 
the possession of the order, declares that John the Baptist. 
John the Evangelist, and even Jesus himself, were members 
of the Essenes, — a Jewish Masonic order! The "Journal" 
boldly declares: " It would seem that Jesus was a Mason, 
and so he was, — one of the greatest Masters of Masonry. 

- . Read again his sayings, and his work proclaims 
him the Mason just and upright. . . . Real, genuine 
Masonry lay deep in his heart." This is the claim advanced 
by Masonry to promote the influence of the order in Chris- 
tian lands, and to increase Its membership by accessions 

from the various Christian denominations. In lodges 
where Jews, Mohammedans, or believers in the various 
Oriental cults predominate, the Masonic ritual carefully 
excludes the name of Christ, because it would not be ac- 
ceptable to them. Whatever boasts may be made by Ma- 
sonry, as being a Christian institution, fail to be substan- 
tiated. Weighed in the balances of Eternal Truth they are 
found wanting. Jesus emphatically declares, "In se;.cret 
I have said nothing." 

Mormon Persistency. 

Is It Worth While? 

Ever since former Assistant Attorney General TrickcU. 
of Kansas, cleaned out the saloons from Kansas City. 
Kans., he has received letter after letter concerning that 
memorable campaign and the results following. The let- 
ters from the Continent of Europe and from Canada in- 
variably touch upon the effect it has had upon morals. 
They are anxious to know what has been the moral up- 
lift. The letters from the various States of our Union, 
however, always ask the one and selfsame question: 
"Does it pay?" One is led to wonder whether the all- 
pervasive dollar has come so close to the eye of the aver- 
age citizen as to completely obscure every other question 
at Issue. Prohibition is right and always right, no matter 
which way you view It, and In answering the question, 
"Is It worth while?" wc must remember that the final 
reckoning of the last and great day of accounts will. settle 
that point most emphatically. 

Small Gain by Churches. 

According to the carefully-prepared figures of the well- 
known Dr. H. K. Carroll, the church membership through- 
out the United States increased only 594,000 during last 
year, — less than 1.7 per cent. Of this number 230,000 are 
credited to the Roman Catholic church, the remainder be- 
ing allotted to the various Protestant bodies. These fig- 
ures, we presume, represent tiie actual increase in church 
membership, after deducting the number who died during 
the year. On that basis the growth of the Church of the 
Brethren during 1911 shows an increase of almost four per 
cent, — a very conservative estimate, remembering that 
many accessions are not reported In the " Messenger," and 
hence fail to be tabulated. Considering all things, this 
showing is far from discouraging, and yet it should not 
cause any one to rest on his oars, — " at ease in Zion." The 
fight is on, and the victor's crown will not be won unless 
we struggle manfully to attain the very best results pos- 

Missionaries Must Remain Neutral. 

When Christ clearly stated, •' My kingdom is not of this 
world," he gave a precept that applies to his followers in 
all climes and ages. In the present disordered state of 
affairs in China, the injunction is peculiarly applicable, 
since the supporting of eitiier one of the contending fac- 
tions by missionaries will be sure to lead to serious trou- 
ble. Already missionaries in the northern provinces are 
uttering a vigorous protest against the attitude of mission- 
aries in Shanghai, who are openly supporting the revolu- 
tion. The Imperialists already suspect that the missions, — 
especially those under American control, — are inculcating 
revolutionary ideas. Much as any one may privately de- 
sire to see the final establishment of a republic In China, 
it is clearly out of place, for a missionary on the field, to 
give expression to his preferences, as favoring the revolu- 
tionists. The special work of the missionary is the de- 
livery of the gospel message, leaving political affairs to the 
disposal of those duly appointed for that work. 

The Shifting Element in City Missions. 
The slow growth o-f missions in our cities is, at times, 
a surprise to those who are not acquainted with the great 

difficulties encountered, and one of the greatest of these is 
the continually shifting make-up of the congregations. 
Only about one per cent of those, connected with the aver- 
age city mi.ssion, are owners of the property in which they 
live, — so we are told by statistics covering the leading cities. 
Then, too, the great bulk of those in attendance arc wholly 
dependent upon their daily labor, and often feel inclined 
to move, should a change In crnployment make such a 
course seem advisable. .'V church is doing uphill work 
when it must combat a tendency like that, — indeed, it is 
lucky if it moves forward at all. The only hope for ulti- 
mate success Is found in a nucleus of really dependable and 
permanently-located members, who will give stability to 
the work, and by their consistent life and character, suc- 
ceed In attracting and retaining the otherwise shifting ele- 
itient within the church, — not for a month or two only, but 
for many years of mutually beneficial helpfulness. 

So fully apparent i 
ism. of late, that a general eampa 

ity of Mormon- 

. -- - o v.wiiji.iign of opposition is hcin.T 

urged against them in various irirts nf Tl. . ,'' 

bas been conclusively show^ y tudcn s o trrue't" 
tbat the Mormon church is sim' ly a gr^at ",,'': :;■ 
..gaging m criminal practices under the cloak of the «: 
.g.on. The attuude of Mormonism towards mora qu . 
ons. and its disregard for the laws of the United State 
have been shown again and again. Morn.on missionarie 
are now making a systematic canvas; 

Union. Every hom^ oi^^;:;;:^:-^::^^^^ ^'^ 
'::L;!r'T'l''' •^^^^^-"^^ ^y ^-^ '•-trmes of Mcr. 


of the 

momsm. I„ o, tl,c crro„cuus ideas, so frcdy dls- 
semmatcd, ,t would seem ,o be the part of wisdon, ,o give 
a tunely „ord of This is a time "to ery aloud 

What China Needs Most. 
VVIiile the sympathies of most people in the United 
states are largely favoriug the reform clement of China it 
IS interestmg to note the impartial altitude of the native 
Uinstians, concerning the woeful disturbances now con- 
routn,g them fastor Djia, a native minister, in his ad- 
dresses and other public e.-cpressions, does not waste time in 
discussmg the relative merits of either side in the struggle 
but pleads for peace,-rcal pcace,-tounded upon right- 
eousness. In a recent, i.npassioned sernwn he dwelt upon 
the deplorable sunken and degraded condition of his people 
and entreated them to shake oft the shackles of ignorance- 
and ol sin. He maintains that the true regeneration of 
Unna, as a nation, can mosf effectually and permanently 
be wrought by means of the " Christ-regenerated hearts 
of her people." " Ihom within to the outside," is the ad- 
vice of the native minister, who puts the utmost depend- 
ence upon the efficacy of the Christian religion as the 
sovereign remedy for China's ills. 

A Mighty Stream. 
The editor of the " Christian Evangelist," impressed by 
the appalling amomit of into.ticants consumed in the Unit- 
ed States, and shamed by the humiliating fact that a total 
of 2,045,300,000 gallons marks the extent of the nation's 
degradation, proceeds to give a graphic illustration of the 
enormous dimensions of the drink evil: " If you will im- 
agine a continuous stream, forty feel wide and a foot deep 
extending from St. Louis to San francisco, you will have 
a fair idea of what it takes to slake the thirst of the na- 
tion's drinkers during but one year. Or, should you con- 
struct a reservoir large enough for our 90,000,000 popula- 
tion to stand up in, you could turn this stream of alcoholic 
beverages into it and drown every man, woman and child 
111 the United States." How gladly we turn, from this 
glance at the dismal striani of destruction, to a contem- 
plation of the life-giving waters so forcefully described by 
Ezeklell It is a blessed thought to every devout heart that 
the redeemed shall some day behold the river, "the 
streams whereof make glad the city of our God." 

Why Young People Are Led Astray. 

In the onward rush of young people from country dis- 
tricts to the supposed advantages of the city, there have 
been, in times past, but few effective agencies for their 
moral welfare. James B. Reynolds, an assistant district at- 
torney of New York, calls attetltion to this most important 
matter. The city's reception of the country boy or girl is 
heartless; its treatment of them is not calculated to arouse 
the finer and higher emotions of the soul. The cheap 
boarding house supplies Ittle real social life. Many more 
of the homeless lads are found in the ever-present saloon 
than in the churches on the one day of the week when 
they are open. The young men and women, alone in the 
great city, crave sociability, sympathy and tender solici- 
tude. They mutely plead for these tokens of Christian 
helpfulness, but often fail to receive the encouragement 
they should. If the city missions, sustained by the Church 
of the Brethren, could in some way reach out more ef- 
fectively to the many thousands of young people who have 
come to the eity from the country districts, a " great and ef- 
fectual door " to spiritual cliicieiicy might be opened, and 
many precious young lives might be preserved from the 
pitfalls now threatening them on every hand. Christ, the 
same yesterday, today and forever, is still seeking the lost, 
but he depends upon our feet to do the going, upon our 
hands to do his bidding, upon our lips to do his warning, 
instructing and comforting. If we refuse to be workers 
together with him. how can we claim to be in vital union 
with him? 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1912. 


Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth 

Not Understood. 

Selected by Agnes M. Ryan, Manheini, Pa. 
Xot understood. Wc move along asunder. 
Our paths grow wider as the seasons creep 
Along the years; we marvel and we wonder 
Why life is life. And then we fall asleep, 

Not understood. 

Xot understood. We gather false impressions 
And hug them closer as the years go by, 

Till virtues often seem to us transgressions, 
And thus men rise and fall, and live and die. 
Not understood. 

Xot understood. Poor souls with stunted vision 
Oft measure giants by their narrow gauge. 

The poisoned shafts of falsehood and derision 

Are oft impelled 'gainst those who mold the age, 
Nat understood. 

Not understood. The secret springs of action 
Whicli lie beneath the surface and the show. 

Are disregarded, with self-satisfaction 

We judge our neighbors, and they often go, 

Not understood. 

Xot understood. How trifles often change us! 

The thoughtless sentence or the fancied slight 
Destroy long years of friendship and estrange us 

And on our souls there falls a freezing blight, 

Not understood. 

Xot understood. How many breasts are aching 
Tor lack of sympathy. Ah! day by day. ■ 

How many cheerless, lonely hearts are breaking! 
How many noble spirits pass away, 

Not understood. 

Oh, God! that men would see a little clearer. 

Or judge less harshly where they can not see! 
Oh, God! that men would draw a little nearer 
To one another. They'd be nearer thee, 

And understood. 
— Thos. Bracken. 

What the Word Says. 

No. 2.— Jesus' Way Brings I^est.— Matt. U: 28-30. 
■■ Come unto nie, all ye that labor and are lieavy laden, 
and 1 will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and 
learn of me; for I, am meek and lowly in heart: and ye 
shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and 
my burden is light." 

To hear some good people talk of rest and the way 
to get it, you would think it must be something good 
to eat; some tangible, material thing, Hke a piece of 
pie, that can be handed over by one person to another. 
Well, did not Jesus say, " I will give you rest " ? 
Doesn't that settle it? What's mysterious about that? 
Nothing, absolutely nothing. But we forget some- 
times that there are various ways of giving. 

A father may give his son an apple, a farm, or an 
education, but the three processes are not quite the 
same. Some things you can give to another by taking 
them from your pocket and handing them over. But 
rest does not belong to this class. Other things you 
give to another by putting him in possession of the 
means or method by which he can obtain them. The 
best things are given in this way, and one of these best 
things is rest. * 

Now, looking at our text, we see that this is just 
what Jesus proposes to do. "Come . . . and I will 
give you rest." And then he goes right on to tell how. 
He explains the process. Passing by, just for the 
moment, that forbidding-looking yoke, note, first, his 
" learn of me" and " ye shall find." See how he .offers 
to give us rest. He will teach us how to find it. We 
learn from him the method, and then we find it for 
ourselves. How the infinite wisdom of the Great 
Teacher appears in every line! Good teaching always 
consists in showing the pupil how to solve his own 
problems, rather than in solving them for him direct- 
ly. So Jesus solves the rest question for us by show- 
ing us the method. 

And what is that method? Simple, almost beyond 
belief, as the Divine methods always are. "For I am 
meek and lowly in heart," he says. Here we have not 
only the method by which we can find rest, you see, 
but the very method which he uses himself. He in- 

vites us to look at him, and learn from his example. 
Be meek and lowly in heart, as I am, and you will 
have rest, as I do. 

Of course, we should not assume that the quality of 
heart, here mentioned, is the only one that contributes 
to the restful state. The underlying principle is that 
rest, — real rest, — depends upon the condition of the 
heart, — the quality of the inner life. The " meek and 
quiet spirit " is an illustration of the principle, an ex- 
ample of the attributes of character which are indis- 
pensable to rest. 

But the more you study it the more clearly you will 
see that a more fundamental characteristic could not 
have been cited. The man with qualities exactly op- 
posite to meekness and lowliness of heart is just the 
sort of man to know most of that condition which is 
exactly opposite to rest. Such a man is always feeling 
sliglited, unappreciated. His energy is largely spent 
in contending for his rights. His spirit is rufHed by 
a thousand worries that never trouble the meek and 
lowly-hearted man, and he is about the most miser- 
able being you can find. To possess that Christlike 
character, a leading element of which is the quality 
named by Jesus in the great rest-call, is the sure and 
only guarantee of rest. 

And what, now, of that yoke? Let us hope that a 
merciful Father will forgive the cruel misreading of 
this text which we have so often heard. Doesn't it 
make your neck sore yet, to think of it? The trouble 
iiere, as frequently, is one of misplaced emphasis. Put 
the stress on the pronoun, where it belongs, and the 
whole passage lights up instantly, — " Take my yoke 
upon you," is what Jesus said. It is no extra burden, 
no additional furniture, that Jesus would impose. He 
saw the galling yoke the people wore, and how tired 
it made them, and he wanted tliem to throw it oft* and 
lake his instead. 

Tlie burden of human life, you see, with its tasks 
and struggles, is the common lot of all. Our only 
choice is as to the yoke with which we try to carry 
it. The common method (yoke) is wearisome, heart- 
breaking, soul-destroying. Jesus' way is restful, joy- 
inspiring, character-upbuilding. His "yoke" is his 
way of living. His "burden" is life lived in his way. 
No wonder he said the one was easy, and the other 

How it would lighten up our lives if we could but 
learn that Jesus' way brings rest. 

Lordsburg. Cal. 

Why We Believe in Christianity. 

Reason Number Five. 

We believe in Christianity because of its require- 
ments. That which takes no effort does not mean 
much to us; it is not much appreciated. We usually 
get out of an organization what we put into it and no 
more. He who wants to appreciate a thing must use 
enough energy to get himself interested in it, at least. 
In these days of easy getting into the church, we need 
more real old gospel requirements taught. Why are 
there so many backsliders today? 

The simple answer is, " Because of the ease with 
uhich they got into the church." In fact, about all 
there is to church membership, in many cases, is the 
name, and when some help is needed the name is with- 
drawn. Our would-be preachers are responsible for a 
great part of this, when they come with their picture 
of the " flowery-bed ways" to heaven and, in fact, no 
hell, even if any one shoidd miss heaven. 

Who would blame an ignorant person (who de- 
pends upon the preacher) for not living right? The 
Invitation is usually: "Come into the church and if 
you don't believe in immersion, a few drops are as 
good as an ocean," " We just want your name on our 
roll, because of the influence it will have in the com- 
numity. Many others will come because you do." 

A certain man presented himself to the church and 
asked whether he might join as an "honorary" mem- 
ber. This becoming a member without any require- 
ments is playing havoc with our churches today. Of 
cotjrse, many more are brought into the churcli and 
our church rolls are larger than our congregations. 
" Many will say to me in that day. Lord, Lord, have 
we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name 

have 'cast out devils? . . . And then will I profess 
unto them, I never knew you ; depart from me, ye that 
work iniquity" (Matt. 7: 22, 23). 

Many of these poor, deluded people will be the ones 
to whom the Lord will deliver that awful sentence. 
The requirements were not presented and the people 
never took the trouble to look into them. 

We are not living under Old Testament Law, but 
surely today we need to follow Micah 6: 8, when he 
says: "What doth Jehovah require of thee, (1) but 
to do justly, and (2) to love kindness, and (3) to walk 
humbly with thy God?" There are too many people 
that stop with one or two thirds of that. A man may 
be honest and condemned. God wants all three parts 

What are tlie Bible requirements, if those are not? 
Read the letter to the Hebrews and you will find one 
that is absolutely essential. " Without faith it is im- 
possible to please God." Hence any person who 
would please God must have faith. " Faith is that 
■something that allows a man to stand in the face of 
the future without fear." " Faith is the substance of 
things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." 
How can we serve God, if we have no faith in him? 

A certain person, when interrogated concerning her 
uniting with the church, said that she could be bap- 
tized to please me, but she didn't believe in it. That 
would have been without faith, hence not pleasing to 
God. We must have faith in the promises, faith in 
the ordinances; faith in our prayers, faith, faith, faith! 

We wonder, sometimes, when we see little innocent 
two or three year-old children sprinkled, how they 
can believe. Knowing child nature and possibilities, 
we say it is impossible. Then comes that old text. 
" Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be 
saved." '-' Faith without works is dead being alone." 
hence we must conclude that works are required, If 
your faith doesn't produce works, it is a dead kind, 
therefore worthless. What, kind of works are neces-' 
sary? The Bible is raUier explicit on that point. It 
lectures out just how a sinner, through the help of 
(^rod, can return from his way and be regenerated, and 
walk in newness of life. 

The blessed Lord is waiting to receive every sinner 
that will come back- from his sinful ways. He stands 
ready as a father yearning for a lost boy. When the 
man has entered the church through baptism, he needs 
to walk consistently. Oh, that all professing Chris- 
tians would do so! Preachers have to hear it thou- 
sands of times. " Your members are not living right." 
Whether that is simply an excuse or not with some, 
doubtless with others it is a real hindrance. It is well 
to walk so straight that when such a thing is said, the 
minister can honestly say, " I know my members are 
living right." 

Shall I mention in detail how we ought to walk? 
One sentence will answer it, " Walk worthy of your 
high calling." If your calling is above the world, 
ought you be found down in the carnal pleasures, low- 
down amusements, which are a joy to the worldly- 
minded? Since your calling is much higher than 
theirs, your real pleasures too, are higher. 

When I see a church member patronizing these low- 
down, ten-cent shows, and vaudevilles, and things of 
such a nature, T conclude that he has never been fully 
converted. In fact I am doubtful whether he was re- 
generated when he thought he was. How can a 
Ciiristian enjoy such things? What concord has 
Christ with Belial? These are only a few of the 
things that might be said on the requirements of the 

Let us. then, get back to the good old Gospel, or 
rather, let us not allow ourselves to be drawn from it 
bv the " Higher Criticism," " New Theology," or any 
other fad that might spring up. The Gospel, with all 
its requirements, has reached and saved its thousands 
and it will continue to do it if we will allow it. 
Whether you are a minister or a layman, will you be 
one to stand by the Old Book, and make it the man 
of your counsel and the guide of your life, the lamp 
of your feet, and the light of your pathway, the in- 
structor of your youth, and the consolation of your old 
age? Will you make it your friend,, companion and 
all in all? Will you teach it zvholly and live it just 
the same at home and abroad? 

Louisville, Ky. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 3, 1912. 


The City Pastor. 

bV dr. s. b. miller. 

With the experience of twelve consecutive years in 
city work, and the personal observation of eight city 
missions of the Middle West, I am not convinced of 
our success in city missions. There are some places 
where the pastor has found abundant opportunities 
for work, and there are others where his duties seem 
to be confined to the filling of tlie necessary appoint- 
ments for church services. 

The pastoral call is and should be beneficial to every 
family in the church, but with ten or a dozen families 
to visit; I can not conceive of the full week's time be- 
ing spent to edification. The calling upon families not 
associated with the church may occupy some time, but 
when repeated calls produce no results or interest, the 
time might be better spent in some other way. 

The conscientious Sunday-school superintendent, 
the teachers, and the leaders of prayer meeting, or 
Christian Workers' Meeting, should spend as much 
time in preparation for their work as the minister does 
in the preparation for a sermon. 

If the minister should be paid for his time, why not 
every other official or teacher who devotes a definite 
amount of time and energy to religious study and 

It seems to me" that the " Men and Religion For- 
ward Movement " is in itself a rebuke to the unsatis- 
factory results obtained by religious organizations of 
all creeds, who have been wont to hire a minister or 
pastor to act as a substitute for them in work which 
they themselves should have done. 

This movement organizes the church activities in 
all lines, — missions, boys' work^ chari- 
-ties, evangelism, Bible study. Every 
church member is placed on some com- 
mittee. In fact, it means that the pas- 
tor becomes the superintendent of all 
church activities, and that the members 
of the church are doing the work, — and 
win- not? Isn't every sinner saved to 
serve? Can't the laJty visit the sick, 
dispense charity, teach the sinner and 
do any other service, now delegated to 
the paid pastor? 

1 f the pastor has brains enough 
[)roperly to supervise an active congre- 
gation, he, like Paul, is also capable of 
earning with his own hands his sup- 
port, so as to be chargeable to no man, 
and doesn't it add real dignity to Chris- 
tian service? "The elders which are among you," 
" should feed the flock " (that's preaching the Word, 
surely) ; " taking the oversight thereof " (that's super- 
intending or directing thereof), "not by constraint, 
hut willingly" (accepting the office at the request of 
the church), "not for filthy lucre but of a ready mind" 
(not for pay, but because of ability and a willingness 
to use the ability to God's glory). To the elders at 
Ephesus Paul says, " Take heed therefore unto your- 
selves, and to all the flock over the which the Holy 
Ghost liath made you overseers to feed the churcli of 
God," — " to oversee,"— to direct ; " to feed," — to 
preach the Word. 

" Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of 
double honor especially they who labor in the word 
and doctrine." If the elder is deserving of double 
honor, evidently- other officials and workers are de- 
serving of single honor. ■ The honor of the service 
shall be to them a reward. Those who devote all their 
^ time to the work are evidently worthy of their living. 
But my observation leads me seriously to doubt the 
wisdom of the support being given for preaching the 
sermons, and the week not being spent to profit in visi- 
tation, or in doing work that the laity can do as well, 
^nd should ]>e trained to do. \\'e have sought to ease 
ourselves by having a pastor as proxy. It seemsi to 
me that the plan of Paul was only to tarry until a 
church could be started and workers placed in charge. 

The sooner a mission point is able to take care of 
itself, the better for every member there. The longer 
they are supplied with ministerial help, with little or 
no expense to them, the worse it is for them. We 
seldom appreciate properly the things that cost us lit- 
tle or nothing. We must pay the price to get the 

blessing in any line. The deadest congregations I 
have known are those who pay a pastor to do the work, 
while they engage in money-making and fail to realize 
their part in saving the souls with whom they come 
in daily contact. The livest congregation is that one 
in which each one lias found some field to labor, and 
is concerned for the success of not only his part but 
also for that of the church as a whole. 

Tlie work of the Church of the Brethren of this 
generation will not be done by pastors nor evangelists, 
—it must be done by the laity, — personal work, visi- 
tation, conversation, intercession, and interestedness. 

The part of a revival meeting that brings the cli- 
max, is the one when souls are turning to Christ. 
How our hearts would thrill, if every Sunday, or every 
now and then, an applicant would come forward, re- 
questing church fellowship through the work of some 
individual brother or sister I It is possible. Why not 
make it probable? The day of spasmodic evangelism 
is rapidly passing, and deservedly so. for it is an un- 
natural condition. The new era is coming, when ev- 
ery member is a worker, and wlien every one's work 
is a free-will offering of service, from the pastor 
downward. Paul felt the dignity of self-support, and 
labored none the less effectively. Why shall not we 
support ourselves and serve with a ready mind — and 
not for filthy lucre? 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

The Annual Meeting. 


Touched by the fingers of time, everything experi- 
ences an inevitable transformation. With some things 

Barn on the Dierdorff Farm. Near York. Pa., Where the Annual Meeting Was Held May J 

the change is good, as is evidenced by marvelous de- 
velopment and prosperity, while other things bear the 
marks of neglect and decay, the result of which is 
deterioration and a gradual fading out of existence. 
This law seems to apply even to affairs pertaining to 
the church. 

The stupendous figures and facts, concerning our 
publishing interests, present a marvel of development 
which speaks loudly the praises of all concerned, and 
creates within us a feeling of justifiable pride. Not 
only do we take pride in our magnificent plant, with 
its modern equipment and its excellent products, but 
the most cheering thought, which throbs our hearts, 
is the fact that there lies, within our ranks, the possi- 
l)ility of producing these results. It is the men and 
women back of it all with hearts and hands trained 
to the service of the Master, who are capable of doing 
things that count. And to this we turn with feelings 
nf admiration and satisfaction. 

This age also records changes too great to contem- 
j)late without feelings of sadness, even though some of 
the good things, gone by forever, are replaced by ideas 
perhaps better suited to the times. Among these noth- 
ing in our church activities is characterized by a great- 
er change than is noticeable in our Annual Meetings. 
While some of these changes denote intellectual as 
well as spiritual development, yet there exists the bare 
possibility that all changes are not improvements. 

Herewith we show the photograph of the old red 
barn which served as a tabernacle for the last Con- 
ference held in York County, in 1844, on the Dierdorff 
farm along the " Big" Canowago Creek, 14 miles from 
the Conference grounds of 1912. This was, in all 
probability, the fourth, and very positively the second 

meeting of the kind held in this section of the country. 
The other one was held in 1828 on the Kunklc farm, 
just on the opposite side of the creek. 

The old barn referred to still stands as a silent wit- 
ness of the work of the devoted men and women who 
made great sacrifices to attend that meeting. In those 
days the cost of attending the meeting was not so 
much a consideration as it now is. The matter of 
time and inconvenience were then the burden of 
thought. There were no vestibuled Pullman trains 
sweeping across the continent with marvelous speed. 
The sound of the automobile horn was not heard, and 
the wliistle of the electric car did not announce tlie ar- 
ri\'al of a new delegation. And if it should be sixty- 
eight years again until the Annual Meeting is held in 
this vicinity, wlio doubts that there might not be ships 
descending from the clouds, with passengers for tlie 

How dear to the hearts of those members in 1844 
must have been those great issues with which they 
grappled! And how nobly they upheld the principles 
of eternal right, so that we today can pose before the 
world as the exponents of the simple life, and the ad- 
vance giuu-d of that great army, now marching toward 
peace, and also the advocates of the temperance cause. 
How few are here today, who took part in thai 
meeting! The boys at that meeting are now aged and 
gray, and most of them have gone to rest. Only one 
old preacher still lives in that vicinity. Among those 
who attended this meeting, and best known through- 
out the Brotherhood, was Eld. Jolm Wise, who was 
then twenty-two years old. In the first year of his 
ministry he rode 220 miles on horseback to attend this. 
Ids first. Annual Meeting. 

In describing this meeting Bro. Wise 
says that tiie Moderator was Bro. Geo. 
Hoke, with Henry Kurtz as Writing 
(Jerk. There was no Reading Clerk, 
no Standing Committee, no Delegate 
body. How vastly difl'erent the man- 
ner of holding Conference now! What 
an inspiration it would be to us if this 
'lid barn could find language to whisper 
Id us of the spirit dominating those in 
:il tendance, who traveled over rough 
roads and mountains and liridgcless 
streams, with liorses tired and worn, 
lo meet togelhcr in the spirit of l(t\e 
and dcvotioEi ! Here they sang and 
prayed together, and preached tlic dis- 
tinctive doctrines and principles of the 
church. During business sessions they emptied their 
hearts in an earnest, simple but powerful appeal, in 
behalf of the cause they represented, and without fear 
of the stenographer or dread of the press. WIio 
knows whether today some valuable ideas and sugges- 
tions are not lost to the church through fear of the 
record being taken? 

The meals served at the meetings of that day were 
simple and substantial. Strawberries, ice cream, and 
hot cocoa were not mentioned in the menu. Meal 
tickets and cafeterias were not known. What an evo- 
lution in our Conference? Then, too, in those days 
they did not "appear to men to fast," and the question 
arises in our mind, whcth(5r it is well today publicly 
tn declare one special day for fa.sting, while for the 
other six days we strain the capacity of the caterer to 
the utmost limit, in attempting to gratify our fastidi- 
ous 'ippetites. Even with all substantials and luxuries 
that are provided at our Conference Meetings, some 
of us thoughtlessly, meaning no harm, leave the 
Brethren to struggle as best they can, while we seek 
some first-class restaurant or hotel uptown. A mo- 
ment's reflection would convince us that in attending 
these meetings we should first be in sympathy with 
them, and as long as conditions are sanitary, with 
quality and price reasonable, it would be becoming to 
us to contribute our assistance where the lienefits ac- 
crue lo the church. 

But we grow! We grow in numbers, in knowledge, 
and some of us seem to grow in ideas; that is, we get 
large ideas, we get exalted ideas of ourselves, and in 
reference to our Conference we become exceedingly 
tall. The barn idea has passed away. Experience 
says it is too small, too inconvenient, too incompatible 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 5, 1912. 

with conditions of today. And now prophecy says 
diat the 1912 Conference will be the last one held in 
a temporary tabernacle. Not that it is too small or 
inconvenient, but our nu"nds. expand, and we look 
toward stately halls, magnificent structures, — some- 
thing in keeping with our numerical and intellectual 
progress. Perhaps our Heavenly Father would wish 
his cliildren occasionally to look to the rock out of 
which we were hewn, and the hole of the pit out of 
which we were digged. It would remind us as to 
whose we are and whence we came. 

God thought it good, in ancient days, to have his 
people take an outing for a week once in a year, to 
leave their luxuriant home, and to dwell in booths, as a 
reminder of the experience through which their fa- 
thers passed. No doubt it did them good and kept 
them from an abnormal development. May God 
watch over his children today, and by his love keep 
us from becoming exalted, teach us to cherish a love 
for humility, and help us to develop in beauty of sym- 
metr}', growing into an acceptable habitation of the 

York. Pa. -•— 

Staying By the Work in China. 


It was in the last days of Oc- 
tober that the writer went from 
home to meet, at the coast, our 
new missionaries, and escort 
them to the interior. At the 
coast town, ere the vessel ar- 
rived with our brethren and 
sisters, we learned that tlie re- 
bellion in China was making a 
general sweep, and because of 
this the American Consul 
urged us not to take the new help to the interior at 
present. At his suggestion we rented a place for them, 
and soon I was at home again, with my family, in Ping 
Ting Chou, telling of the outside news that is much 
easier gotten at the coast than where we live. The 
Consul and friends had promised to wire us, if need 
be, and so we rested easy. 

We had learned that the uprising, in no way, threat- 
ened the foreigners, but still we could not be at perfect 
ease. Soon a telegram came from our partyi saying, 
"All come to the coast." We telegraphed for the Con- 
sul's advice, and at once the first telegram (which, we 
learned later, was his) was repeated. We worked 
quicker than the Chinese, for though that was at seven 
at night, by nine, the next morning, our party of four 
grown-ups and the baby were on the way to the sta- 
tion, with enough clothing to last all winter, if need 
be, and our bedding. I was determined to pacify the 
helpers, in some way, so I promised to return as soon 
as the family was located in Tien Tsin. 

After two days of Chinese traveling accommoda- 
tions, they were in Tien Tsin, and I was hoping to re- 
turn at once. Just as I was packing to return, we 
heard that the rebels had arisen in our own province, 
Shansi, and had burned the capital and killed the gov- 
ernor. Among other things, they had stopped the rail- 
way traffic into Shansi. Still, as my word was out to 
return at once, I watched for a chance to go. Finally, 
when, with one of our helpers, I returned to the junc- 
tion of the Shansi railway with the Peking-Hankow 
line, I found that there was a great risk in trying to 
return, for the Imperial soldiers were at the eastern 
gap of the mountain pass and the rebels were in pos- 
session of the pass. To get into Shansi meant to go 
through the lines of the two contending forces. At . 
the junction, however, we met with a newspaper re- 
porter, who wanted to gain some experience. As I 
wanted to return home, we agreed to make the trip to- 

After passing a night in a house, thoroughly guard-